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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D+
  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
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    NG
South Berkeley is a neighborhood in Berkeley, California. South Berkeley is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in South Berkeley offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Berkeley there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of South Berkeley tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Berkeley are highly rated.
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Population

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$517,611
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,170
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Crime & Safety

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

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$51,560
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
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South Berkeley is the arts and cultural hub of this community. Its a destination spot for glorious murals and one whole block on Alcatraz Ave is covered in murals.
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In my complex people don't tend to interact very much. We are friendly with each other and greet each other, but not much more than that. The neighborhood surrounding it seems to be very friendly. When a fire happened last year, a bunch of neighbors came out to help out. A lot of the kids in the neighborhood tend to play outside in the front yard with each other on weekends.
There are a lot of Himalayan and Indian shops within walking distance. There are also a lot of thrift stores nearby. If you prefer to shop at big box stores, this isn't your place. Buffalo exchange is a great place to get unique and nice thrift store finds. Theres also bookstores like half price bookstore and pegasus all on the same street.