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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Kensington is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 5,573. Kensington is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Kensington offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Kensington there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Kensington and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Kensington are above average.
About Kensington...
Population
5,573

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$852,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,598
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%
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Kensington 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    37
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    240.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    555.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    92.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Kensington

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$140,000
National
$55,322
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Kensington Reviews

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I love living in Kensington because it is a diverse neighborhood with several parks within walking distance. I have a big backyard and share a 4 bedroom house with a total of 6 people. Neighbors are respectful of noise during reasonable times, and I have never been kept awake by noise. Kensington has a farmers' market a few minutes walking distance away that is every week no matter the weather. We also have local shops and the BART station in our neighborhood. This neighborhood is a close distance to 2 colleges with a bus stop at the end of our street. Street parking is free and easy to get spaces. I feel safe here in Kensington and am glad I chose to live here!
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Ah Kensington. It's a very nice safe place to live. People say it's diverse but nope it's not. Only white people and maybe some asians. Wish I could live here cause it's an ideal place to live when your retired. But it's too expensive and only wealthy educated people can live here. I hope some residents can take a stroll down to Richmond or maybe even El Cerrito to see how some cities/neighborhoods are struggling. Maybe even take your kids there to educate them since your all so educated.
Kensington is a very friendly and safe community in which everyone seems to know each other. I personally love living in Kensington because it is a quiet and amazing neighborhood and I really feel at home in it. The people of Kensington are also very friendly and make excellent neighbors. Kensington is a great place to live, with many people to share the experience with.