A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$741,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,362
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

Berkeley Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    129
    0
  • Murder
    1
    0
  • Rape
    37
    41
  • Robbery
    274
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    905
    1
  • Theft
    3,405
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    596
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,237
National
$53,889
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Berkeley Reviews

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I moved here from Houston, Texas where you need a car to get everywhere. At first, the city does provide a bit of a culture shock because people are so eccentric, and almost too friendly! Over time though, this feeling wears off and you realize how invitng the people fo the city are. The city itself has wonders of food and entertainment for those keen on local treats. The amount of cultural food is absolutely insane and more diverse than any other city I have been to. Unfortunately, the only downside is that the cost of a house of apartment is extraordinarily high. Your best bet is t live near the outskirts of Berekley, away from campus. With this in mind, the bike safety rules are super strict and commutng via bike is safer than any oter city I have visited.
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I loved living in Berkeley! I was commuting into San Francisco via Bart when I lived there and access to public transportation was easy and accessible. I lived close to downtown Berkeley which was nearby great grocery stores (Berkeley Bowl was my favorite! TJ's was also close by), parks, restaurants and coffee shops. I always felt very safe walking around and the vibes in the neighborhood were always calm and friendly. The only thing I will say is that because I lived so close to UC Berkeley, there were a lot of students in the area which sometimes meant late night parties and drunk students walking around at night. Other than that, I thought Berkeley was a great place to live!
I love how it's super diverse, how green it is, and the weather! People are friendly, but there are some parts where you would want to avoid at night since to be honest, there are a lot of homeless people who have hurt people, so be careful! But overall, the people are super friendly. This city has lots of diverse restaurants too, and it's cold but not too cold