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
$795,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,434
National
$949
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.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    151
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    37
    41
  • Robbery
    294
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    656
    500
  • Theft
    3,233
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    530
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,393
National
$55,322
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • 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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Berkeley is a wonderful city full of an interesting, open-minded and intelligent group of people. The city is very culturally diverse and open to accepting anyone from anywhere. The food scene is to die for and if organically grown is what you live by, look no further than Berkeley grocery stores, farmers markets and more. One small down side would be the lack of club life (for the younger folks), there are however many perfectly adequate bars as well a little college student scene on Telegraph Avenue. Overall, I highly recommend living here or going to school here if accepted!
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Very cultural, diverse, and full of life! Moving to Atlanta, Georgia for a bit and noticing the different culture shocks from the west coast and the south. I've never lived outside of California but after leaving for some time I appreciate all the culture, views of the waterfronts, the love and diversity, and not to mention being in a comfortable place.
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.