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Overall Niche Grade
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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
South Berkeley is a neighborhood in Berkeley, California with a population of 15,867. 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 suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Berkeley there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South Berkeley and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Berkeley are highly rated.
About South Berkeley...
Population
15,867

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$795,820
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,464
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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South 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
$76,558
National
$55,322
Families with Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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South Berkeley Reviews

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South Berkeley is nice! The residential areas are all pretty, and there are a couple grocery stores and pharmacies. There aren’t too many mom and pop stores left, but there are some. Plenty of trees, many people are very friendly, and you can always see someone walking their dog. It’s close enough to downtown Berkeley and Oakland that you could drive or take the bus/BART anywhere you want.
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Usually very safe, and friendly people! All of the people in the area are very conscientious and care a lot about their community. There are great restaurants and public spaces in the area.
South Berkeley is an ideal location for those who want some quiet from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, but would like to stay close to the highway for a quick getaway to neighboring cities. Filled with multiple parks nearby, great for families and sports enthusiast, its a great spot for those who enjoy being out and about. Schools, grocery stores, and night life options are all close by and within walking distance, or a short drive. One thing that could be improved would be the rent prices. Understandably pricey for the Bay Area, it is very difficult to find low income housing.