Best Places to Live

Berkeley, CA

Population: 117,384
Matt Carmichael

With a tech culture that rivals larger metros, this city situated on the eastern shores of San Francisco Bay and home to the University of California Berkeley, is a hub for intellectuals and creatives. Berkeley comes in with top 5 spots for both creative class workers and educational attainment on our list, and also offers easy access to high speed internet. The city’s rich culture, vibrant downtown and ease of getting around aids in its rankings for culture (top 10) and transportation affordability (top 5). Berkeley has made its way to our Top 100 Best Places to Live lists three years and counting, Top 10 Best College Towns and our Top 10 Best Foodie Cities.