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A+ El Cerrito Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F El Cerrito Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% higher than California
El Cerrito
17373% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
El Cerrito cost of living
F El Cerrito Crime Total crime is 99% higher than California
Total crime
5,871113% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18113% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
10%Year over year crime is up
El Cerrito crime
B+ El Cerrito Employment Household income is 45% higher than California
Median household income
$92,67068% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$47,37359% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
El Cerrito employment
C+ El Cerrito Housing Home value is 56% higher than California
Median home value
$636,600245% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,56765% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
El Cerrito real estate or El Cerrito rentals
D+ El Cerrito Schools HS graduation rate is 17% higher than California
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:122% higher than the US average
El Cerrito K-12 schools

Living in El Cerrito, CA

El Cerrito is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 24,646 people. El Cerrito has a population density of 6,740 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Individuals of White (55%) and Asian (27%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of El Cerrito. 80% of the people in El Cerrito (over the age of 15) are married and 60% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in El Cerrito could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around El Cerrito, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, weather, education, employment, housing and more.

El Cerrito has a livability score of 68 out of 100 and is ranked #495 in California and #13,940 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we know that El Cerrito ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (B+) and employment (B+). Unfortunately for El Cerrito, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., El Cerrito has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Assuming that El Cerrito meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in El Cerrito. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in El Cerrito are simply unattainable. The median home price for El Cerrito homes is $636,600, which is 55.5% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in El Cerrito, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.9, which is 7.8% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in El Cerrito are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for El Cerrito homes comes in at 4.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 12%.

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Compare El Cerrito, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around El Cerrito, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland828.52,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland826.65,996
Montclair, Oakland8184,011
Forestland, Oakland807.71,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland808.51,863
Merriwood, Oakland806.93,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland797.11,473
Inner Sunset, San Francisco7914.327,720

Best Cities Near El Cerrito, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8910.7228
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Mill Valley, CA8513.114,318
Hillsborough, CA8425.211,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Contra Costa Centre, CA8413.66,190
Belvedere, CA849.72,017
Tiburon, CA848.89,170
Palo Alto, CA8434.166,649

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The Great Views in El Cerrito, CA

My grandparents moved from India to El Cerrito in the 60's. I have been here all my life. I love living in the Bay Area. Our little city has charming hills where you can see vistas of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Great parks are seemingly everywhere. The best park in El Cerrito is the huge and beautiful Huber Park, set on 80 acres. I love to walk my dogs there. Aside from that, there's like 5 or 6 other great parks around. This makes El Cerrito a wonderful place to live for urban dwellers who also like to bike and hike.

Another reason I appreciate about El Cerrito is that it's really convenient. Interstate 80 runs right through it. The public transportation is awesome. We're also a stop on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and it doesn't take long to get to Oakland and San Francisco airports. It's also nearby the University of California Berkeley campus.

My favorite place for entertainment is the Cerrito Theater, where you can watch movies while having wine and beer served. Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is an amusement park themed museum. It's a unique stop and I often bring out of town guests there. I love to play the variety of pinball machines there.
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