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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 120,926. 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
120,926

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$938,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,612
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Berkeley Rankings

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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
    142.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    60.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    300.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    627.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,066.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    400.7
    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
$80,912
National
$55,322
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Berkeley Reviews

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Moving to Berkeley is undoubtably the best decision I have ever made! This particular city is wildly diverse and full of vibrance and excitement. Overlooking the high-cost of living that comes with the Bay Area -- the weather and college atmosphere are unprecedented. I highly recommend living here. After all, everyone deserves the happiness and opportunity this community offers to its residents.
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Berkeley provides a vibrant yet peaceful environment. Berkeley is well served by public transit and good for walking and biking. Restaurants are great and have lots of variety. Berkeley is surrounded by a great natural environment with Tilden regional park and the Berkeley marina. U.C. Berkeley adds a culture of high level education to the city. Public schools from my experience are also quite good. People are often very healthy and socially conscious. Nightlife and events are okay but leave more to be desired. However Bay Area proximity makes up for lacking events, Berkeley is surrounded by a vast array of cities full of cool stuff. Economic and job prospects are also strong in the Bay. Berkeley's biggest downsides are expensive cost of living, especially housing, dirty streets, and crime levels that aren't particularly low especially property crime which is rampant.
Berkeley is an amazing city filled with genius college students and progressive, free-spirited locals. It's a liberal city where anyone is welcome and accepted. However, being a major city, there are some safety problems. I get reminders constantly for car robberies and assault attempts. As long as you are smart and safe though, you will hopefully be unaffected. There is also a very large homeless population living in Berkeley. It is frustrating that there isn't more being done to help these people get off the streets. I think focusing on helping the homeless community would create an overall safer city for all of Berkeley's inhabitants.