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Living in Berkeley


Berkeley is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 124,321 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Berkeley is the 51st largest community in California. Berkeley has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Berkeley home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Berkeley real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Berkeley is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Berkeley is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Berkeley who work in teaching (13.24%), management occupations (13.00%), and office and administrative support (8.06%).

Also of interest is that Berkeley has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Berkeley is also a city of artists. Berkeley has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Berkeley’s character.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Berkeley has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.69% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Berkeley is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Berkeley has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Berkeley enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Berkeley.

Not only is Berkeley a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Berkeley a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Berkeley is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Berkeley, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.33 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Berkeley is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Berkeley, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Berkeley, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Berkeley is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.15% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Berkeley in 2018 was $53,181, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,724 for a family of four. However, Berkeley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Berkeley is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Berkeley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Berkeley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Berkeley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Berkeley include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Berkeley's cultural character, accounting for 21.25% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Berkeley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.