Best Places to Live

Berkeley, CA

Population: 117,384
LIV
SCORE
664
Matt Carmichael

Famous for its academics and dedication to free speech, Berkeley houses the University of California, Berkeley, which sits along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. Nearly 70 percent of adult residents in the city have an associate’s degree or better, and most Berkeley citizens remain advocates for social change and equality.

A high-rated healthcare network is anchored by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and the main thoroughfare for entertainment venues in the city is Shattuck Avenue, which passes through several unique neighborhoods. Other quality-of-life-boosting luxuries in Berkeley include multiple parks, great weather and a thriving downtown that is seeing more millennials moving in.

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Berkeley, CA Ranking Data

Civic
71
Demographics
61
Economy
64
Education
92
Health
74
Housing
44
Infrastructure
57