Income/capita 50%
Household income 27%
Unemployment 3%
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Income per capita$44,611$31,458$29,829
Median household income$70,393$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$128,089$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$42,029$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$37,280$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$25,550$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate4.5%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level19.9%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Berkeley is 50% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Berkeley is 27% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Berkeley is 3% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Berkeley is 31% higher than the national average

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      Berkeley employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry4.4%0.6%
      Manufacturing sector5.6%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.2%1.8%
      Wholesale & retail services8.2%8.5%
      Public administration2.7%3.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.8%1.2%
      Education, health & social services29.7%43.4%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Piedmont, CA11,201$202,083265.3%
      Ross, CA2,381$199,107259.9%
      Acalanes Ridge, CA1,000$187,604239.1%
      Belvedere, CA2,017$178,750223.1%
      Orinda, CA18,936$178,704223.0%
      Berkeley, CA118,585$70,39327.2%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Waterloo, ON118,234n/a 
      Norman, OK118,974$52,4845.1%
      Ann Arbor, MI118,087$57,6974.3%
      Terrebonne, QC119,135n/a 
      Beaumont, TX117,729$42,39523.4%
      Berkeley, CA118,585$70,39327.2%
      Source: The Berkeley, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).