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    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-
El Cerrito is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 24,646. El Cerrito is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in El Cerrito offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In El Cerrito there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in El Cerrito and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in El Cerrito are highly rated.
About El Cerrito...
Population
24,646

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$636,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,567
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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El Cerrito Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    280
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    8
    41
  • Robbery
    362
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    638
    500
  • Theft
    4,279
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    300
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$92,670
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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El Cerrito Reviews

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Don't be fooled by its small size. El Cerrito has everything you need, all in one space. San Pablo Avenue is abundant in shops and restaurants, and if you're still not satisfied, simply take the short trip to Berkeley, Oakland, or even San Francisco. The weather is pattern is generally cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon; very nice and temperate. To address the elephant in the room, yes, housing prices are a bit mental, and only rising, but that's just the Bay Area in general. Compared to the insanity of SF, we're dirt cheap. The community here is very accepting of all cultures. Many immigrants come from Mexico and Japan. The nearby Wildcat Canyon nature reserve provides great trails for hikers. El Cerrito is a great place to grow up, work, and retire in.
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El Cerrito is a wonderful town for these reasons: beautiful bay views from the hills, easy access to hiking trails, public transportation, decent public schools and good private schools, restaurants, an actual book store, movie theater, live theater, community center, library, parks, walking trail, Trader Joes.
Downsides: it's getting more crowded, and it needs another large grocery store in the mid-to- northern part of the city.
El Cerrito has been a wonderful town to grow up in! Close to the city yet removed from the hubbub, providing a sense of community as well as easy access to bigger metropolises, it is a lovely, forgotten nook in the Bay Area.