Berkeley, CA

Sitting on scenic San Francisco Bay, Berkeley claims the oldest branch of the University of California, which earned the city a spot on our 2013 Top 10 College Towns list. It’s a thriving small city, a mecca for fine arts, culture, food and science. Berkeley is home to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Residents appreciate a strong local school system, a commitment to environmental interests, including urban farming, bike trails, public transportation and abundant public green space, like the enormous public Berkeley Rose Garden.

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Population: 114,642
Median household income: $59,348

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Median Travel Time To Work: 22 Minutes
Closest Airport: 11 Miles

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