These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Oakland, CA For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Oakland are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Oakland, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Oakland neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Oakland are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Oakland for 2018:

  1. Shepherd Canyon (Homes)
  2. Claremont (Homes)
  3. Panoramic Hill (Homes)
  4. Skyline-Hillcrest Estates (Homes)
  5. Crocker Highland (Homes)
  6. Piedmont (Homes)
  7. Rockridge (Homes)
  8. Caballo Hills (Homes)
  9. Trestle Glen (Homes)
  10. Forestland (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Oakland that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Oakland.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Oakland for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Oakland, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 113 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Oakland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Shepherd Canyon.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Oakland has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Shepherd Canyon

Population: 1,898
Median Income: $143,799
Median Home Value: $739,980

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2. Claremont

Population: 1,208
Median Income: $156,474
Median Home Value: $921,134

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3. Panoramic Hill

Population: 1,964
Median Income: $165,625
Median Home Value: $1,000,001

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4. Skyline-Hillcrest Estates

Population: 1,156
Median Income: $128,737
Median Home Value: $714,300

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5. Crocker Highland

Population: 2,131
Median Income: $207,018
Median Home Value: $930,300

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6. Piedmont

Population: 10,742
Median Income: $213,769
Median Home Value: $982,567

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7. Rockridge

Population: 3,517
Median Income: $115,401
Median Home Value: $837,900

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8. Caballo Hills

Population: 2,650
Median Income: $116,946
Median Home Value: $628,533

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9. Trestle Glen

Population: 3,957
Median Income: $162,440
Median Home Value: $794,120

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10. Forestland

Population: 1,768
Median Income: $126,110
Median Home Value: $706,900

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Oakland

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Oakland where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Oakland:

  1. Patten
  2. Merritt
  3. Harrington

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Oakland

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Shepherd Canyon 1,898 $739,980 2,825 1.2%
2 Claremont 1,208 $921,134 2,825 1.9%
3 Panoramic Hill 1,964 $1,000,001 2,825 2.1%
4 Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 1,156 $714,300 2,825 0.0%
5 Crocker Highland 2,131 $930,300 2,825 2.2%
6 Piedmont 10,742 $982,567 2,825 3.0%
7 Rockridge 3,517 $837,900 2,825 3.8%
8 Caballo Hills 2,650 $628,533 2,825 2.7%
9 Trestle Glen 3,957 $794,120 2,825 5.1%
10 Forestland 1,768 $706,900 2,825 0.0%
11 Upper Rockridge 5,962 $973,029 2,825 4.0%
12 Montclair 3,917 $796,900 2,825 3.1%
13 Glen Highlands 1,514 $741,650 2,825 1.9%
14 Redwood Heights 4,926 $555,533 2,825 5.0%
15 Sequoyah 3,852 $483,457 4,284 5.2%
16 Paradise Park 1,872 $449,333 5,835 10.4%
17 Piedmont Pines 2,879 $773,525 2,825 2.4%
18 Merriwood 3,218 $745,720 2,825 2.5%
19 Oakmore 3,984 $733,825 2,825 6.6%
20 Woodminster 1,609 $690,650 2,825 5.7%
21 Fairview Park 4,005 $725,133 2,825 3.3%
22 Cox 3,662 $228,233 10,426 11.8%
23 Temescal 4,195 $535,483 4,026 8.1%
24 Lincoln Highlands 2,764 $529,380 3,485 5.9%
25 Golf Links 1,265 $432,450 5,930 3.2%
26 Iveywood 2,874 $213,540 10,095 14.0%
27 Upper Dimond 3,186 $540,017 3,822 7.6%
28 Lakeshore 3,397 $733,325 2,825 5.5%
29 Chabot Park 4,149 $562,460 3,630 5.3%
30 North Kennedy Tract 1,017 $255,600 10,058 10.0%
31 Dimond 1,414 $364,200 7,527 3.6%
32 Crestmont 1,030 $636,900 2,858 8.2%
33 Bushrod 6,658 $480,464 6,222 6.6%
34 Cleveland Heights 6,774 $542,650 4,811 4.5%
35 Old City-Produce And Waterfront 2,052 $368,440 5,661 4.9%
36 Glenview 5,599 $588,967 2,825 4.8%
37 Peralta-Hacienda 2,457 $266,700 9,641 10.2%
38 Acorn-Acorn Industrial 2,481 $245,557 8,423 14.5%
39 Coliseum Industrial 2,419 $140,225 10,702 8.1%
40 Santa Fe 3,308 $470,880 7,052 6.5%
41 Mosswood 2,335 $508,650 5,000 8.9%
42 Bella Vista 1,795 $354,100 7,581 10.6%
43 Adams Point 8,628 $278,500 6,255 3.7%
44 Eastmont Hills 3,901 $373,525 7,100 9.9%
45 Piedmont Avenue 7,089 $406,150 4,456 5.4%
46 Upper Peralta Creek-Bartlett 3,655 $347,667 8,381 12.2%
47 Woodland 1,989 $181,500 11,221 12.1%
48 Golden Gate 1,555 $458,150 5,536 9.7%
49 Foothill Square 1,497 $263,400 9,561 10.9%
50 Lockwood Tevis 2,885 $170,850 10,553 9.2%
51 Shafter 3,772 $684,167 2,825 7.9%
52 Gaskill 1,651 $455,100 5,469 4.4%
53 Hegenberger 2,990 $229,900 10,421 12.2%
54 Longfellow 5,286 $328,871 8,470 7.3%
55 Frick 3,409 $290,675 9,398 13.6%
56 Grand Lake 5,077 $285,980 6,787 4.3%
57 Upper Laurel 5,310 $413,200 6,716 6.1%
58 Las Palmas 2,379 $220,975 9,586 12.5%
59 Bancroft Business-Havenscourt 6,950 $193,114 10,661 10.4%
60 Maxwell Park 6,198 $371,783 6,613 6.4%
61 Clawson 1,941 $336,233 6,564 8.1%
62 Ralph Bunche 2,542 $351,525 8,491 12.9%
63 Fairfax Business-Wentworth-Holland 2,030 $189,450 10,795 10.6%
64 Oak Center 3,939 $347,033 8,692 12.7%
65 Oak Tree 3,241 $162,700 11,295 12.2%
66 Eastmont 3,417 $126,400 11,298 10.5%
67 Pill Hill 2,003 $408,167 7,048 8.9%
68 Rancho San Antonio 5,877 $343,680 9,396 10.0%
69 Arroyo Viejo 5,650 $210,720 10,607 5.9%
70 San Pablo Gateway 2,298 $396,400 7,362 9.1%
71 Downtown 3,784 $332,420 7,793 6.5%
72 Seminary 5,412 $154,480 11,298 11.7%
73 Brookfield Village 3,462 $179,275 10,827 8.6%
74 Webster 3,452 $165,600 11,202 11.3%
75 Hawthorne 3,504 $207,700 10,693 8.6%
76 Fremont 5,381 $224,060 10,310 9.1%
77 School 2,004 $311,000 8,586 3.3%
78 Oakland Ave-Harrison St 5,439 $261,820 7,691 4.8%
79 Durant Manor 2,816 $228,933 9,309 10.8%
80 Lakewide 3,391 $157,940 8,959 5.3%
81 Allendale 4,801 $291,675 8,999 7.4%
82 Reservoir Hill-Meadow Brook 5,686 $248,100 10,080 9.2%
83 Clinton 8,882 $265,711 9,656 10.3%
84 Produce And Waterfront 1,372 $175,600 7,912 3.2%
85 Jefferson 4,027 $250,525 9,643 12.3%
86 North Stonehurst 4,276 $167,600 10,942 13.0%
87 Toler Heights 2,988 $317,650 9,133 8.5%
88 Fitchburg 3,190 $200,250 11,061 11.1%
89 Highland 3,508 $207,080 10,768 9.3%
90 Sobrante Park 3,106 $203,650 10,497 8.5%
91 East Peralta 1,757 $126,000 10,742 5.3%
92 Civic Center 1,538 $262,325 8,554 6.4%
93 Ivy Hill 3,469 $336,950 8,116 8.2%
94 Mcclymonds 2,753 $251,000 9,424 7.4%
95 Tuxedo 2,325 $281,550 9,119 9.9%
96 Coliseum 3,890 $108,800 11,298 12.3%
97 Hoover-Foster 4,236 $308,133 9,577 12.0%
98 Fairfax 2,153 $257,250 9,688 12.8%
99 South Kennedy Tract 2,012 $211,925 9,362 6.6%
100 Northgate 1,754 $355,150 7,220 8.1%

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