Berkley, MI
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Berkley is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 15,268 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 88.35% 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 (12.64%), management occupations (12.36%), and healthcare (8.57%).

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.

Because of many things, Berkley is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Berkley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Berkley perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The citizens of Berkley are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.78% of adults in Berkley have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Berkley in 2010 was $37,608, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $150,432 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, English, Polish, and Italian.

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