The Lorin District is part of southern Berkeley, bounded by Ashby Avenue to the north, Adeline Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the east, Sacramento Street to the west, and 62nd Street to the south. The name is derived from the former unincorporated settlement of Lorin, the last stop before Berkeley along the Berkeley Branch line of the Central Pacific (later Southern Pacific). The people of Lorin elected to be annexed by Berkeley in the early 1900s, where the area today is more commonly known as Southern Berkeley.

In 2010, the neighborhood was Berkeley's most economically depressed with over 30% of its residents living below the poverty line. However, there has been some revitalization efforts and the area has recently seen an influx of newer residents as a result of spillover effects from Oakland's own tech boom.