Berkley, MI
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Berkley is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 15,272 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Berkley is the 80th largest community in Michigan.

Berkley real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Berkley house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Berkley is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Berkley is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Berkley who work in office and administrative support (14.22%), management occupations (12.16%), and sales jobs (9.76%).

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

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

In addition, Berkley is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Berkley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Berkley a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Berkley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Berkley’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Berkley, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Berkley is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Berkley ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Berkley, 47.77% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Berkley in 2010 was $38,667, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $154,668 for a family of four. However, Berkley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Berkley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Berkley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Berkley include Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

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