Berkeley

It's a city full of beauty and innovation of thought, a place to start a family, an art studio, or a revolution.

Welcome to Berkeley

A place to create the kind of life you want to live – where art meets life, and life meets art.
 
Some may know the city for its university or the activists who have marched its pavements, but Berkeley offers so much more. It's nestled between greenery and the ocean, full of vibrant neighborhoods and busy city streets. Lovers of nature flock here for its breathtaking hikes and expansive parks. Of course, that doesn't mean that it's a remote or always quiet place.
 
Commuters can get to San Francisco by car or BART in about 25 minutes, and it's half that time to get to Oakland. There's no need to go beyond the city limits to have a great time, though. Berkeley has annual festivals for art, music, and culture. Its food scene showcases the diversity of the city. Foodies can enjoy farm-to-table vegan eats, a sake factory, the Gourmet Ghetto, and acclaimed chefs throughout the town. Those who love walking about downtown neighborhoods will love Shattuck Avenue, close to the University of California at Berkeley, and the infamous Telegraph Avenue, where throngs of students roam. It's a city full of beauty and innovation of thought, a place to start a family, an art studio, or a revolution.
 

What to Love

  • Vibrant and passionate community 
  • Connecting with nature, hiking in the local woods, or walking the bay's shoreline
  • Over 350 restaurants, cafés, breweries, and dinners with mouthwatering cuisine
  • Short commute to San Francisco or Oakland
  • Incredible theater and music performances

Local Lifestyle

The local lifestyle is very diverse in Berkeley. It's a community that has inspired political movements, dynamic art, and new ways of thought. The community in Berkeley has old roots that grow stronger every year. It is a vibrant community made evident by the many shops and restaurants representing different cultures. This is a place where great community can be found and education is highly revered.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Berkeley is known for its food. Whether one prefers the laid-back setting of a diner, the quiet ambiance of a café, or the dazzling experience of fine dining restaurants and prefixed menus, there's something for everyone to enjoy. It's a place where trying new restaurants is easy because there are so many, and the experience is almost always amazing.
 
One can taste the renowned creations of chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse with a menu that changes daily. For the vegans and those who prefer farm-to-table fares, Gather is the perfect place to meet. The ambiance is lovely, and the food is even better.
 
For an experience of authenticity, there's Ippuku, a Japanese restaurant people proclaim to be akin to the gastropubs of Tokyo. Of course, that's not the only mouthwatering and genuine Asian cuisine to find in the city. A must-try is the outdoor dining and delicious food at La Marcha Tapas Bar and Standard Fare, serving fresh and organic ingredients.

You can head to Gregoire for French sandwiches and casual fares that comfort and warm the belly. Enjoy the daily pizza at The Cheeseboard Collective. For a delicious vegetarian sandwich or just a plate of vegan meats and cheeses, there's nowhere like the Butcher's Son. When you feel like cooking at home, the bustling farmer's market full of local produce, cheeses, and nuts has you covered.
 

Things to Do

All year long, there are plenty of things to do in Berkeley. It is home to the Bay Area Book Festival, where book lovers meet their favorite authors and fall for incredible new works of literature. The Berkeley World Music Festival introduces attendants to music from around the globe, new and old, mesmerizing, and body moving. There's the Kite Festival, the Chocolate Festival, and Solano Avenue Stroll, the largest festival in the East Bay. Berkeley is also a premier place to celebrate Juneteenth and connect with the community at large.
 
Berkeley's not all festivals, though, there's Adventure Playground, considered one of the best playgrounds in the San Francisco Bay area. Strolling the Botanical Gardens, the Rose Gardens, or hiking Fire Trails or Claremont Canyon are activities Berkeley residents enjoy often. The many art and anthropology museums, the historical library, and Lawrence Hall of Science keep residents engaged and captivated with traveling exhibits.
 

Schools

Education is a vital cornerstone to the university town of Berkeley, California. The city is not just for those seeking higher education, though. The Berkeley Unified School District has an overall A rating, with the highest rankings in academics, teachers, college preparation, and diversity. There's a citywide 88% graduation rate, with many students moving on to Berkeley University.
 
 

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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

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0-9 Years

10-17:

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
49,247

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$54,009.54

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
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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
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