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Berkeley

One of the nation’s most progressive cities with a lively economy, bustling cultural scene, and a bright future.

Berkeley

A convenient, walkable, urban paradise with a bright future.
 

Welcome to Berkeley

Positioned on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, the city of Berkeley is a highly walkable urban paradise home to the University of California at Berkeley, one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Convenient public transportation, a highly educated community, and beautiful architecture are appreciated every day by locals in this comfortably sized city with a larger-than-life presence.
 
In the mid-1800s, the nearby College of California was looking for a new site and began building on what is now the University of California at Berkeley. The town surrounding the campus began to grow with the establishment of more businesses and the construction of homes. After a vibrant period of activism during the 1960s, Berkeley is now one of the nation’s most progressive cities with a lively economy, bustling cultural scene, and a bright future.
 

What to Love

  • Home to the University of California at Berkeley, its prestigious research facilities, and beautiful gardens
  • Highly walkable streets, making for great shopping sessions
  • Beautiful scenery and views of the bay
  • Close proximity to the San Francisco peninsula with a more affordable standard of living
 

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Berkeley enjoy a comfortable standard of living while paying lower prices than their neighbors across the bay. Berkeley boasts high walk scores across town, with downtown receiving a practically perfect 99/100 score. Downtown is home to eclectic shops, fabulous restaurants, and beautiful parks, making errand days and leisurely afternoons convenient and frequent. Special events like Berkeley Restaurant Week, live music performances, and street festivals bring even more life to this scenic city on the bay.
 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

With such a high walk score across every part of town, lazy afternoons spent wandering the streets in pursuit of the latest fashions and trendiest accessories are regular parts of life in Berkeley. At the day's end, enjoy a fine dinner prepared by some of the most talented chefs in California.
 
Celebrity Chef Alice Waters’ flagship restaurant Chez Panisse almost single-handedly put Californian cuisine on the map and gave life to the larger farm-to-table dining movement as a whole. For over five decades, this critically acclaimed establishment has produced savory dishes of smoked duck and goat cheese-adorned greens, with the famous blueberry cobbler arguably being the favorite among all.
 
The Claremont Club and Spa is a Berkeley icon, first opened in 1915. A sparkling pool, opulent spa, and luxurious facilities are positioned upon a scenic hilltop overlooking the city and the bay. The hotel’s Limewood Bar & Restaurant feature an exquisite menu of refined, modernized favorites and a popular weekend brunch.
 
The largest selection of fresh, flavorful produce is found at the Monterey Market. The market boasts an array of unique and uncommon ingredients, all for very reasonable prices. Founded in 1961, Monterey Market has partnered with local farmers to ensure only the highest quality of fresh, local items are available to the community each season.
 

Things to Do

Berkeley is best known for being the home of the University of California’s oldest campus. UC Berkeley boasts exciting athletic events, beautiful botanical gardens, and performing arts centers, ensuring a constant stream of entertainment options. Tilden Regional Park is an area delight situated on the eastern edge of town, spanning over 2,000 acres. Here, visitors enjoy swimming, strolls through the botanic garden, picnic tables, and activities for children. Days out on the San Francisco Bay begin at the Berkeley Marina. The Tideline Ferry casts off twice daily toward the San Francisco Ferry Building, making for a convenient and fun transportation alternative. For those looking to stay closer to home, the marina is home to waterfront dining, fitness facilities, scenic parks, and yachting clubs.
 

Schools

Berkeley is home to excellent educational options for students of all ages. A few examples include:
  • Berkeley Unified School District, kindergarten-12th grade; the local public school district is ranked within the top 15% of districts in the state per Niche.com
  • The College Preparatory School, grades 9-12; located on the edge of Berkeley and Oakland, TCPS ss the top-rated private high school in the state and the fourth-best in the nation
  • The University of California at Berkeley; the oldest campus in the University of California system is also one of the most prestigious in the nation, offering over 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees
 

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Overview for Berkeley, CA

131,551 people live in Berkeley, where the median age is 37.3 and the average individual income is $54,009.54. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

131,551

Total Population

37.3 years

Median Age

High

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

$54,009.54

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Berkeley, CA

Berkeley has 49,247 households, with an average household size of 2. 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. 131,551 people call Berkeley home. The population density is 11,887.89 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

131,551

Total Population

High

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

37.3

Median Age

49.04 / 50.96%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
49,247

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$54,009.54

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
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

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
70
Excellent Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Mattison Minis, Berkeley Organic Market and Deli, and BodyLoveAF.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.25 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.6 miles 35 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.63 miles 32 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.39 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.11 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.16 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
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