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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  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+
Downtown Berkeley is a neighborhood in Berkeley, California with a population of 4,927. Downtown Berkeley is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Downtown Berkeley offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown Berkeley there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown Berkeley and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downtown Berkeley are highly rated.
About Downtown Berkeley...
Population
4,927

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$854,401
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,654
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    90%
  • Own
    9%
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Downtown Berkeley Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,976
National
$55,322
Families with Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    35%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Downtown Berkeley Reviews

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It's definitely a cultural niche! People from all walks of life come here to attend school, eat good food, or just hang out. There are many thriving small businesses and lots of amazing food. It's pretty touristy, but also not too friendly to the typical resident: housing is expensive and homelessness is sadly a major problem.
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The Northern California region has a lot of opportunities for any and all people. It is, in my oppinion, one of the most accepting and opportunistic areas for those looking for a job. However, unless one has an impressive bachelor's or, more impressively, a masters or pH. D degree, the job opportunity can be a bit limiting. For example, I worked as an ABA therapist in Madison, WI, where I'm originally from. Once I moved to California, I was told that the chances of me continuing in that line of work are slim to none unless I go to school. Going to school for psychology is something that I am proud of, however, once I'm out of school I'll be competing with thousands of other people with degrees in psychology. It is a bit nerve racking in all honesty. But, being in a huge city with so much opportunity and growth in the Behavioral Therapy field, I'm hopeful that there will always be some kind of job opportunity for those with a Psychology Degree.
Coming from such a small town where schools and businesses are very spread out in proximity to each other and the population is relatively low, the public transportation system was little to none. Almost everyone had a car and the idea of commuting by bus was not appealing or even considered by the general population of Madison Wisconsin. Now that I've been in the pay area for almost two years, I can't imagine going back to driving myself everywhere. The public transportation for the bay area continues to impress me. One can get almost anywhere by the Bay Area Rapid Transit ( BART) or bus. The trains and buses run often throughout the day and there are many options available to get from point A to point B. I take public transportation to work, school, and any other places I am going to.