Best Places to Live

Berkeley, CA

Population: 117,384
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Why It’s Great for Techies:

Prestigious University of California, Berkeley, ranks third among the best computer science programs worldwide, focusing on research to build the future of the tech industry. Almost 70 percent of the city’s population has a college degree, and its robust startup scene provides a myriad of opportunities for industry up-and-comers.

What Sets It Apart:

Berkeley has long been known for its academic prowess, but it's also made a name for itself in the food world, with an impressive lineup of beloved restaurants calling the city home. In addition, you’ll be close to rock climbing, bird watching and some beautiful parks and gardens, including the famous Berkeley Rose Garden.