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Berkeley, CA

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120,926
Berkeley Population7
$
72,140
Median Income6
5.6
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Berkeley decreased by 0.8 years even though the fastest growing segment, 65- to 74-year olds, grew by 46%

Age

30.8
Median Age7
10.5
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Berkeley residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 1.6% since 2010, while the Asian community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 7.6%

Race

37.5
%
California Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Berkeley can be very humid, but rarely hot or cold. The average humidity is 78%, but the temperature almost never drops below 32°F and rarely tops 90°F

Weather

18
%
Chance of Rain12
67
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature36

 

Housing

The average home value in Berkeley increased by 92% since 2010 which is 49% higher than the national average and 18% higher than the state average

Rent

$
3,350
Monthly Average13
30
%
Renters37

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Berkeley is a somewhat low tax location with income tax 36% lower than the national average and property tax 32% lower than the national average, but sales tax 35% higher than the national average.

Other

0.76
%
Property Tax21
9.25
%
Sales Tax19
0.65
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)38

 

Employment

Berkeley has an average employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Cal Performances and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Income

8.9
%
<$25,0006
34.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Berkeley is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results39

Representatives

Mayor27 Jesse Arreguín
Democratic
House of Representative27 Barbara Lee
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Camp, is 2.2 miles from the center of Berkeley, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, San Francisco VA Medical Center, is 12.1 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, California Pacific Medical Center, is 9.2 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 Yes
Decriminalized28 Yes
 

Safety

In California, 16.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 27.4% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks29
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#9 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche30
#20 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche31
#11 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche32
 

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