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Piedmont is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 11,201. Piedmont is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Piedmont offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Piedmont there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Piedmont tend to be liberal. The public schools in Piedmont are highly rated.
About Piedmont...
Population
11,201

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,572,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,636
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%
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Piedmont Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    87
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    26
    41
  • Robbery
    148
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    573
    500
  • Theft
    947
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    217
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$202,083
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    48%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    1%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%
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Piedmont is a classist first and fairly racist little, priveleged hamlet surrounded by the extremely diverse Oakland. It incorporated itself specifically in response to the migration of African-Americans drawn to Oakland around the turn of the century. The schools are top-notch, but the kids that attend them would do well no matter what because they are from wealthy, educated families. They often struggle after graduation because they have never dealt with people outside their class or race. There are unusually high rates of drug and alcohol use and high rates of suicide. The town elected an openly homophobic, racist and xenophobic mayor (but he was forced to resign). Two stars for pretty foliage and nice parks (which they have the legal right to ask you to leave if you're not a resident).
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Piedmont is a wonderful community. People are very smart, highly educated, ambitious, energetic, volunteer a lot for and in the schools, and are interested in having a good family life. It is also very beautiful owing to the city having high expectations for property owners in their remodeling and landscaping adventures. It is a great place to make friends with other families with kids the same age. The hills make for perfect walking exercise. The surrounding area has the best restaurants and performances you could ever want.
Piedmont is an unusually closely knit community with exceptionally affluent and well-educated families. It is a small community it of 12,000 residents surrounded circumferentially by Oakland. Because of this fact, it is culturally diverse, and property values are depressed to reasonably affordable levels due to the crime rates of the surrounding East Bay communities. Piedmont itself, however, is exceptionally safe. (Its school district ranks #1 for safety among greater San Francisco metropolitan area school districts.) Notable current or former Piedmont residents include Ambassador Chris Stephens, Clint Eastwood, Amanda Stevenson, Sarah Chin, Charles Schwab, Stephen Curry, Reggie Jackson, Stephen Bechtel, and Jack London.