Oakland

37 reviews
  1. City in California
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  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
$435,000
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,114
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
  • 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
      766
      264
    • Murder
      20
      5
    • Rape
      51
      37
    • Robbery
      849
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      977
      575
    • Theft
      3,376
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      1,590
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $52,962
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    18%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      17%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      22%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      25%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      17%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      19%
      14%

    Reviews

    37 reviews
    • Excellent
      16
    • Very Good
      14
    • Average
      6
    • Poor
      1
    • Terrible
      0
    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!
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago
    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!
    • Current Resident
    • 9 days ago
    Oakland is a diverse city made up of innovators, creators, artist, educators, but most of all overcomes! And I am a positive product of Oakland California. Although the reputation of crime and poverty Oakland holds and is surrounds by may paint a negative view in the minds of nonresidents, I believe Oakland is truly a great place! I believe in the cities potential to thrive! I would like to see more healthy grocery store, affordable housing for residents that are being pushed out of certain areas, money put into our schools, and an effective way to clean up our streets.
    • Former Resident
    • 3 months ago