A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$458,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,144
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%

Oakland Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    570
    0
  • Murder
    20
    0
  • Rape
    68
    41
  • Robbery
    784
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    795
    1
  • Theft
    3,539
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,523
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$54,618
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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Oakland Reviews

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Oakland is richly diverse, and a hub of activity. It's libraries, business, and artistic communities are world renowned. Additionally, Oakland is nestled within close proximity to the University of California at Berkeley, and itself boasts quality academic institutions such as the California College of the Arts. Family and community friendly it is a good place to settle and build a life and a career, whatever your goals and objectives might be. And if you like sports, Oakland is home to undefeated, world champion, boxing Olympian Andre Ward; the famed Oracle Arena; and the world champion Oakland Athletic baseball and Golden State Warrior basketball teams! Oakland California come check it out!
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I absolutely love Oakland, flaws and all. Many perceive the city as "rough" or "ghetto" and fail to see it's true beauty. Oakland is filled with history from The Black Panther Party, The Oakland Athletics, and the Arts such as the Grand Lake Theater. I've volunteered at the public schools (Fruitvale & Brookfield elementary) & came in contact with some of Oakland's brightest children. I run lake Merritt almost everyday and come in contact with the nicest people and most beautiful sun rises. This city does suffer from terrible housing, gentrification, and gang violence.. I would love to see (and am working to be apart of) improving this beautiful, cultured, city!
Oakland is a very diverse place and rich in culture! A place with a variety of great options for food, many small businesses, and easy commute. You can get around Oakland with Bart and Ac Transit bus, as the traffic here is not a big issue. Oakland has been known for its violence and crimes, but over the years the crime and murder rates have dropped. Downtown is full of different options for nightlife. The cost of living in Oakland has went up drastically withing the past 5 years and is known as being on the top 10 most expensive cities to live in the U.S!