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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Piedmont is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 11,296. Piedmont is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Piedmont offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Piedmont there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Piedmont tend to be liberal. The public schools in Piedmont are highly rated.
About Piedmont...
Population
11,296

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,715,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,929
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%
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Piedmont Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    34.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    61.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    26.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    523.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    854.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    139.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    2%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Piedmont

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$202,631
National
$55,322
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I'm only 11 years old, but I have lived here for more than 7 years and has really been a welcoming community for me! It welcomed me well in preschool, I went to Wildwood school and I can strongly say that all the teachers were very friendly and nice. I have also made a ton of friends throughout the years! I think that my experience in Piedmont has been very good and I have really enjoyed living here and hope to keep living here throughout the years.
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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).
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.