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A+ Oakland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Oakland Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than California
15454% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Oakland cost of living
F Oakland Crime Total crime is 147% higher than California
Total crime
7,282164% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 14164% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-0%Year over year crime is down
Oakland crime
D+ Oakland Employment Household income is 9% lower than California
Median household income
$57,7784% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,98417% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%35% higher than the US average
Oakland employment
C- Oakland Housing Home value is 22% higher than California
Median home value
$500,500171% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,18925% higher than the US average
Home ownership
40%38% lower than the US average
Oakland real estate or Oakland rentals
F Oakland Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than California
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%43% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:142% higher than the US average
Oakland K-12 schools or Oakland colleges

Living in Oakland, CA

Oakland, California is a large city with a population of 412,040 residents. Oakland has a population density of 7,372 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Oakland identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 22% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Oakland is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Oakland and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Oakland to California and the national average.

The livability score in Oakland is 55/100 and the city is ranked in the 7th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the US average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. This city ranks so poorly that more than 90% of the cities in all of the USA have a higher score. For each of the livability categories, we know that Oakland ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Oakland. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), cost of living (F) and education (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Oakland on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Oakland Zoo, Lake Merritt, and Jack London Square.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Oakland is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.33%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Assuming that Oakland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Oakland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Oakland are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Oakland come in at $500,500, which is 22.3% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Oakland, the home price to income ratio is 8.7, which is 35.9% higher than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Oakland were 4.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 15.3%.

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Compare Oakland, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Oakland, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland822.42,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland823.35,996
Montclair, Oakland813.74,011
Forestland, Oakland804.71,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland804.41,863
Merriwood, Oakland804.43,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland793.71,473
Inner Sunset, San Francisco791127,720

Best Cities Near Oakland, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8917.2228
Los Altos, CA8631.630,238
Lafayette, CA8510.225,381
Mill Valley, CA8516.414,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8417.711,312
Cupertino, CA8435.760,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8414.56,190
Los Altos Hills, CA8431.18,376

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San-Francisco's Warmer, Friendlier, more Diverse Sister City

Often shunned as a crime-ridden, "gangster" hood, Oakland is probably one of the most underrated cities in the US. Let's start with the weather, there are actual summers unlike San Francisco and winters aren't as cold. The people here come across as rough but are more genuinely friendly than those in SF. The streets are cleaner, I have yet to come across crack-head homeless guys(unlike SF), it's quieter(you'll actually sleep at night) and overall cheaper than SF. Had I known it was this cool, I would have moved here the first time rather than SF
  • 3 -6
If you like crime... then this city by the bay is a great choice.

I wish I could write a nice review. I moved here a few years ago when Silicon Valley got expensive and before tech moved into the east bay. I wish I could say Oakland was the opposite of what people think about it. So far my house has been broken into, my car four times, and I have been verbally assaulted several times with threats of violence that I luckily got away from. I was at a party in a "nice neighborhood" and shots were fired. I wanted to leave but my tire was stolen off of my car. Finally I was held up at gun point at the lake. I will say I do love that lake though. Its cute all lit up at night. But not safe. I was just walking home from the bar. Besides that there is a charm to Oakland and its not bad for foodies either. The bars can be seedy. Best to go out during the day. Crime has increased in the foothills and Tildon Park. Be careful not to go alone. I am moving to Walnut Creek. A bit more slow but safer. Peace out Oaktown
  • 5 -1
Oakland, CA: The Often Misunderstood City By The Bay

I have lived just outside of Oakland, CA for my entire life. Considering my close proximity, and how much this city has to offer, it's only natural that I have traveled to Oakland on numerous occasions for day trips.

Many Oakland residents pride themselves on being part of a progressive community - full of arts and culture, and a wide population of citizens that care about, and are active in issues that affect their city and their country.

This multi-cultured, lively city is often perceived as merely a crime-ridden community. However, Oakland has a wealth of things to offer both locals and visitors alike that will deepen their appreciation for a place that is unlike any other. That is not to say that Oakland is without crime - certainly there are seedy parts that are best avoided, but this shouldn't stop anyone from taking advantage of enjoying of the good parts.

Among the excellent places I recommend visiting are the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Oakland Zoo and Oracle Arena for an A's game during baseball season. Jack London Square is my favorite place to go though. It is so named for the famous author that spent a great deal of his life living in Oakland. At Jack London Square you can see a reconstruction of the cabin he lived, and wrote many books in. Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon is a charming little bar adjacent to the cabin that London supposedly spent time in, writing and drinking. There are also tons of shops, different kinds of delicious cuisine, and a movie theater at Jack London Square. It is located along the Port of Oakland - which provides remarkable views of the Bay at night.
  • 2 -7
Oakland, CA - Overal, not a bad city

I lived in Oakland, CA for about ten years. If you have money and can afford to live in the Oakland Hills then life is not so bad. Lake Temescal in the hills is a great place to swim and picnic. There are hiking trails that are scattered throughout the hills. I remember my parents taking me for a walk through the woods every weekend for our exercise of the week. BART runs through the city and Oakland does have a decent public transportation system. Downtown Oakland does provide some good eats at various restaurants as well as some interesting attractions like Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon. The Oakland Coliseum still has some pretty good concerts with plenty of parking. It is also home to the Oakland A's for baseball, Warriors for basketball and of course the Oakland Raiders football team.

There are definitely some challenging areas in Oakland. I would stay away from East Oakland as the street numbers go up. West Oakland is where all the docks are located but close to Berkeley. Lake Merritt is in the middle of Oakland near downtown--a fun place during the day. It is also place to stay away from after the sun goes down.
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