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Overall Niche Grade
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  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+
Berkeley is a city in California with a population of 120,179. Berkeley is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Berkeley offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Berkeley there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Berkeley and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Berkeley are highly rated.
About Berkeley...
Population
120,179

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$861,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,523
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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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
    135
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    285.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    670
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,235.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    442.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    25%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Berkeley

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,709
National
$55,322
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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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Berkeley is a beautiful city with loads of lovely hiking trails and tree-lined streets. Go and enjoy the farmer's markets and get some ice cream or boba. There are different neighborhoods with a variety of architecture styles. The University campus if beautiful but can be unsafe. There are amazing bookstores, cafes, coffee, and pubs. Several movie theatres to enjoy with a spectrum of films. The theatre community is rich and diverse, as many people enjoy the Arts community as it is alive in Berkeley.
I found that the city is great for those who consider themselves to be liberal in most things but alienating to those who don't follow liberal opinions in social matters publicly. Meanwhile visible minorities are rare and my wife and I found ourselves to be a bit of an oddity when the group we visibly appear to be with was in the news. I found it somewhat inhospitable for long term living. We left and are quite content with that.

Housing in a reasonable price range is impossible.

Most restaurants close at or even before 9, making it not a very welcoming place for those who might want to have a dinner out with friends at a reasonable (though slightly later) dinner time in varying cultures.

Options for healthy living are the best part of this city.