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%
  • 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

    49 reviews
    All Categories
    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.
    Review Berkeley
    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!
    Berkeley is a somewhat diverse, very educated and extremely expensive place to live. People from Berkeley can be described as being entitled and rich and also be described as intelligent and giving. There is a wide range of people that live here. The university means young, talented and innovative individuals, along with their professors, make up a large chunk of society. The other chunk is leaving on the outskirts of Berkeley. I live in a neighborhood on the border of Oakland where trees and manicured lawns are seldom seen. This part of Berkeley, South Berkeley, has a high concentration of gang violence. It is important for someone to know that aside from the techies and students of Berkeley, there are families struggling to get by while shootings are happening on their street. I love Berkeley more than I love my hometown. I can't really imagine leaving but at the same time, with ever-increasing cost of living it may not be possible for me to stay here forever.