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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    NG

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$580,495
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,407
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%

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

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$93,190
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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I love Berkeley! The Bay Area is an international, accepting part of California. I feel like I could walk around in the strangest of outfits, and no one would think twice. It is also full of studious souls who attend and/or teach at the University.
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Westbrae has close access to AC Transit for local busses, as well as BART and transbay AC Transit busses for fast commuting. There are a lot of pedestrian paths (beyond just sidewalks), and there is a lot of infrastructure for bikes (bike lanes and so-called "bicycle boulevards"). North Berkeley BART even has taxis waiting around if you need that, and Uber cars are never too far.

Biking and walking are a delight because despite feeling like a small town Berkeley (and Westbrae) are pretty dense, so you're never too far from an interesting commercial street or park or something.
More urban and dense than most other Bay Area cities, so even when you're in an area with single-family homes they're packed closely together.

It's way more affordable than San Francisco, but it's no Oakland when it comes to finding a discount. The quality of the housing stock is in general better - a lot of homeowners who keep up their property and a little less inclined to have deferred maintenance.

Vacant lots are hard to come by, and virtually every neighborhood is walkable. There are a few busy streets, but cars here tend to respect pedestrians.