25 reviews
  1. City in California
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C+
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      129
      273
    • Murder
      1
      6
    • Rape
      37
      41
    • Robbery
      274
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      905
      525
    • Theft
      3,405
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      596
      263

    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%

    Berkeley Reviews

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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!
    Great views from up the hill, delicious food in every hole-in-the-wall restaurant in downtown, fun hipster coffee places and bookstores everywhere, and only a BART ride away from San Francisco. Berkeley has everything you need: a great feeling of community no matter where you are in the city; unique quirky shops and local eateries; great public schools and one of the best public universities in the country; and convenient access to the cultural life of the city. Plus, the climate is always amazing: nobody needs to have air conditioning because the California bay breeze through the window keeps every house and apartment cool and the air crisp.
    I was born and raised in Berkeley, and was profoundly shaped by the diverse and welcoming environment. The city is progressive, always aware of global issues and local issues, encouraging the education and increased consciousness of young people. I had amazing teachers in the public school education, and friendly neighbors that watched me grow. Berkeley is a tolerant city, that welcomes all people and is a great place to raise a family. If it wasn't for Berkeley, I would not be who I am today.