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Berkeley

Berkeley is one of California’s best cities to call home.

Welcome to Berkeley

A trendy and collegiate city on the Bay.
 
A scenic and collegiate city on the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is one of California’s best cities to call home. The city is ranked by Niche as the #1 healthiest place to live in America, as well as one of the top ten best American cities for young professionals.
 
In the mid-19th century, the land that would eventually become Berkeley was open farmland, featuring a small wharf. The College of California—which later became the University of California—was built in the area in 1866, along with residential buildings, saloons, and a post office several years later. Thanks to the university’s influence, Berkeley quickly adopted electric streetcars, electric lights, and telephones.
 
Thanks to a post-World War II population boom, Berkeley grew into the thriving city it is today. An incredibly desirable area due to its proximity to the university, house prices in the area can be relatively high, particularly for large single-family homes downtown or sprawling mansions tucked away in the hills. Spanish-style and modern are popular architectural styles here.
 

What to Love

  • Fun nightlife
  • Beautiful weather and scenery

People & Lifestyle

Berkeley is an urban city that is highly influenced by the presence of prestigious university UC Berkeley. As a college town, Berkeley is quite liberal, well-educated, and packed with plenty of cool restaurants and fun things to do.
 
Young people love Berkeley, whether they’re in town to attend the university or find a job in the booming Bay Area tech industry. It’s also a great place to raise a family due to the excellent public school system, healthy and socially-conscious atmosphere, and plentiful activities.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Downtown Berkeley is packed with tons of amazing restaurants of all varieties, particularly near the university. With all of these plus some great shopping opportunities, you’ll never be bored in Berkeley!
 
Head over to Fourth Street for some fun shopping. Here, you’ll find all your favorite retail chains, from clothing shops like Anthropologie and Madewell to specialty stores like Apple and Paper Source. Along with the wide variety of stores, Fourth Street also hosts regular community events to celebrate Halloween, Mother’s Day, and more!
 
Enjoy an incredible meal at the highly acclaimed Chez Panisse, which is known for originating the California cuisine style. Try a delicious California-Mediterranean meal at cozy and romantic Rivoli, or gourmet French takeout at trendy Gregoire Restaurant. There’s also Saul’s Restaurant & Delicatessen, the perfect place to pick up Jewish favorites like house-smoked pastrami or warm rye bread.
 

Things to Do

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Berkeley. Educational activities abound, and there are also lots of opportunities to get outside in this health-conscious city!
 
Berkeley offers frequent events that are perfect for residents to meet others in the community and try new things. The Berkeley Kite Festival brings kite fliers together each summer, while athletic residents love to run the Berkeley Half Marathon. You can also celebrate the holidays at the festive Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair.
 
Stop by the Lawrence Hall of Science to view hands-on exhibits and participate in fascinating, educational events. Artsy locals can enjoy theatrical performances, concerts, and festivals like the Berkeley Jazz Festival at the Greek Theatre. You’ll also want to enjoy the stunning natural beauty at Tilden Regional Park!
 

Schools

Berkeley is renowned as a highly-educated city with stellar schools. The city’s schools are operated by the Berkeley Unified School District. Top educational opportunities include:
 
  • University of California, Berkeley



Overview for Berkeley, CA

119,607 people live in Berkeley, where the median age is 32.1 and the average individual income is $56,168. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

119,607

Total Population

32.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$56,168

Average individual Income

Around Berkeley, CA

There's plenty to do around Berkeley, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

97
Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
99
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
69
Good Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Melogold Kitchen, Aubrey's Treat Lab, and flying noir.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.42 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.42 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 1.38 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.92 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.4 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.89 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Berkeley, CA

Berkeley has 44,195 households, with an average household size of 2.4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Berkeley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 119,607 people call Berkeley home. The population density is 11,465.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

119,607

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

32.1

Median Age

49.29 / 50.71%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
44,195

Total Households

2.4

Average Household Size

$56,168

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Berkeley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Berkeley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Malcolm X Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Nia House Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Thousand Oaks Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Longfellow Arts and Technology Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
John Muir Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Berkwood Hedge School
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
School Of The Madeleine
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Crowden School
PRIVATE
4th - 8th
No rating available
Walden Center & School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
East Bay School For Boys
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
Bayhill High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Emerson Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Martin Luther King Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Oxford Elementary at West Campus
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Cragmont Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Berkeley Technology Academy
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Black Pine Circle School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Maybeck High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Mary's College High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Washington Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Ruth Acty Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Rosa Parks Environmental Science
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Bayhill High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Berkeley Rose Waldorf School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Sylvia Mendez Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5

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