5.3 out of 10

North Shore

38.0221300004129 -122.277494196107
Great for
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
Who lives here?
  • Professionals


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Bio-Rad HQ"

North Shore is home to the most famous employer in Hercules, Bio-Rad Labs. Bio-Rad is a bio chemical corporation that specializes in creating diagnostic tests that identify constituent elements of organic matter. I think that is accurate, anyway. Basically they are a company known for creating medical tests (that find diseases and that kind of thing). Bio-Rad has, for example, made a test for identifying BSE (“mad cow disease”) and blood typing. They also have a series chemical spectroscopy solutions and a computer software called “KnowItAll” that helps sort it all out.

The rest of the North Shore neighborhood is home to other companies, such as A&B Die Casting. (If I had any idea what “die casting” is, I would tell you more about it, but since I don’t, I can’t.) There is also a Mechanics Bank operations center and a paper company (like on The Office, I think.)

There are some other commercial offices here too: an optometrist, a pathologist, a fitness center and a couple of eateries (a gelato place and a cheesesteak joint).

The streets here are named after inventors and science related types like Alfred Nobel and Linus Paulie.

That is pretty much it. No one lives here, but Bio-Rad is definitely one of the major players in the biochemical industry.
  • Major Bio-Medical HQ
  • Good Fitness Center
  • Optimestrist and other Offices
  • Kind of Ugly
  • No Homes
  • May Be Off-Putting for Some
Recommended for
  • Professionals

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