Berkeley

15 reviews
  1. City in California
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$719,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,338
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C+
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      110
      264
    • Murder
      3
      5
    • Rape
      30
      37
    • Robbery
      223
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      791
      575
    • Theft
      3,070
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      471
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $65,283
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    11%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      38%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      32%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      17%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      8%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      4%
      14%

    Reviews

    15 reviews
    • Excellent
      6
    • Very Good
      9
    • Average
      0
    • Poor
      0
    • Terrible
      0
    Great views from up the hill, delicious food in every hole-in-the-wall restaurant in downtown, fun hipster coffee places and bookstores everywhere, and only a BART ride away from San Francisco. Berkeley has everything you need: a great feeling of community no matter where you are in the city; unique quirky shops and local eateries; great public schools and one of the best public universities in the country; and convenient access to the cultural life of the city. Plus, the climate is always amazing: nobody needs to have air conditioning because the California bay breeze through the window keeps every house and apartment cool and the air crisp.
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago
    Berkeley brings with hit a very diverse range of people groups and ethnicities from from college students, to thousands of people working in the tech field. Berkeley is right next to Oakland, both of which are slowly being gentrified. Berkeley has a very gritty feel to it and there is common low level crime including petty theft and robbery. However, people here are very healthy, there is a wide range of food available and job opportunities within the city and close by are everywhere. Rent can be expensive especially close to the Cal campus but nightlife is great, it's always busy and there's always fun things to do.
    • Current Resident
    • 4 months ago
    My name is Lexi and I'm from Berkeley. A city in the East Bay next to Oakland. Berkeley is a town with lots to offer. Its a college town. It is home to UC Berkeley or CAL as people affectionately call it. My favorite part of Berkeley is downtown. Downtown there are many places to eat. That's all people from Berkeley really do. There is a small pizzeria called Sliver. They make vegetarian pizza. At first it sounds like your eating bread and a salad. That is not the case. They put all kinds of creations together. One pizza they have has corn, goat cheese, and pine nuts. It is delicious. Everyone who eats there loves it. They only make one kind of pizza a day. The line is always out the door, but the pizza is made fast and often. When you order a slice they not only give you one slice of pizza but they also give you a sliver of another. HA. Isn't that funny? Every time I visit Berkeley its on my to do list, among other food places.
    • Former Resident
    • 3 months ago