Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts. Fine weather in every season, scenic waterfront and forested foothill terrain, and a sparkling San Francisco Bay setting make Berkeley a great place to enjoy outdoor things to do. City and regional parks and greenbelt open space add to the year-round, fresh-air festival.