THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Oakland For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Oakland.
Best Neighborhoods In Oakland

Oakland has seen a huge influx of people over the last 10 years even as California has started to see an outflow. We don't know if this increase is because it's one of the top 100 cities in America for singles or because people are crossing the Bay Bridge to flee San Francisco's high cost of living, but what we do know is that Oakland has some pretty cool neighborhoods. And if you want to know where those neighborhoods are located, you should take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best neighborhoods in Oaktown for 2020.

It's not that Oakland doesn't have its fair share of problems--most cities with 417,147 residents generally do, but Oakland is working hard to find solutions that are best for everyone. Oakland is afterall one of the most diverse cities in California. However, where Oakland used to be in the headlines for high crime, the city is now being used in conversations that include words like progress and renewal. And, people, this sense of rebirth is starting in Oakland's best neighborhoods. For example, if you're looking for a quirky bohemian enclave, the Fairview Park neighborhood has eclectic coffee shops and a bunch of craft breweries. The Panoramic Hill neighborhood has everything Oakland, but it comes with a pretty expensive price tag. But, if you want the best deal, Piedmont is the most affordable in terms of median income level to home price ratio.

And because HomeSnacks doesn't want you to live a life with regret, we think that you should definitely make one of Oakland's best neighborhoods your first Northern California choice. To do this, you're going to need to keep reading to see your top ten choices.

In our quest to determine Oakland's best neighborhoods, we also ranked the city's hoods based on safety, unemployment rates, affordability, and amenities and gave each a SnackAbility score. Folks, Oakland's top ten neighborhoods scored a 9.5/10 and better. So, you know these are some pretty amazing places.

But, what is the best neighborhood in Oakland? According to the latest data that would be Crocker Highland.

To see where the rest of Oakland's neighborhoods ranked take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Oakland

Crocker Highland Oakland, CA

Population: 2,280
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,132,467 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $186,637 (Second best)
More on Crocker Highland: Homes For Sale | Data

Crocker Highlands, an affluent neighborhood of Oakland, California, overflows with an abundance of character and charm, described as having "the genteel ambiance of an old Hollywood movie set," is one of several distinct neighborhoods comprising a larger area collectively known as the "Lower Hills" that lies in between the 580 and 13 freeways.

Population: 10,992
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $1,604,023 (First best)
Median Income: $204,144 (First best)
More on Piedmont: Homes For Sale | Data

Piedmont is a small, mostly residential, semi-suburban city located in Alameda County, California, United States. Piedmont is completely surrounded by the city of Oakland. Its residential population was 10,667 at the 2010 census. The name comes after the region of Piedmont in Italy, and literally means foothill. Piedmont was incorporated in 1907, and was developed significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. The Piedmont Unified School District includes three elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools.

Population: 5,996
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $1,233,143 (Third best)
Median Income: $182,758 (Third best)
More on Upper Rockridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,894
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $826,367 (14th best)
Median Income: $100,433 (27th best)
More on Fairview Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Trestle Glen Oakland, CA

Population: 3,819
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $927,900 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $173,536 (Fifth best)
More on Trestle Glen: Homes For Sale | Data

Trestle Glen is a neighborhood in Oakland, California. It is located east of Lakeshore Avenue, a shopping street which it shares with the Grand Lake District. It lies at an elevation of 144 feet. The streets are laid out in the curvilinear pattern of early 20th century garden suburbs. Many of the houses are nestled in the surrounding hills, and were built shortly before The Great Depression. The neighborhood is named after a railroad trestle built in 1893, which was dismantled in 1906 when the line was rerouted. The railroad line ran along Trestle Glen Creek, which was named Indian Gulch by early settlers after the Huchiun village that was located near the present-day intersection of Lakeshore and Trestle Glen Road. The streetcar was instrumental in spurring the development of residential neighborhoods in the area. Mark Twain was a passenger on the maiden voyage of the streetcar.

Population: 4,011
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $839,425 (13th best)
Median Income: $154,178 (12th best)
More on Montclair: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,273
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $842,920 (12th best)
Median Income: $147,649 (16th best)
More on Merriwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Panoramic Hill Oakland, CA

Population: 1,751
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,074,100 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $177,417 (Fourth best)
More on Panoramic Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Panoramic Hill is a residential neighborhood of the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, California defined by the homes along and within the access corridor defined by Panoramic Way.

Population: 2,892
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $847,925 (11th best)
Median Income: $162,407 (Ninth best)
More on Piedmont Pines: Homes For Sale | Data

Shepherd Canyon Oakland, CA

Population: 1,863
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $804,000 (17th best)
Median Income: $156,631 (11th best)
More on Shepherd Canyon: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Oakland, CA Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 130 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, Crocker Highland.

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

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Oakland

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Oakland aren't all good. North Kennedy Tract takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Oakland.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Oakland For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Crocker Highland 2,280 $1,132,467 $186,637
2 Piedmont 10,992 $1,604,023 $204,144
3 Upper Rockridge 5,996 $1,233,143 $182,758
4 Fairview Park 3,894 $826,367 $100,433
5 Trestle Glen 3,819 $927,900 $173,536
6 Montclair 4,011 $839,425 $154,178
7 Merriwood 3,273 $842,920 $147,649
8 Panoramic Hill 1,751 $1,074,100 $177,417
9 Piedmont Pines 2,892 $847,925 $162,407
10 Shepherd Canyon 1,863 $804,000 $156,631
11 Woodminster 1,530 $762,550 $170,156
12 Glenview 5,284 $660,467 $104,749
13 Glen Highlands 1,473 $820,400 $148,452
14 Cleveland Heights 7,587 $552,700 $66,969
15 Redwood Heights 5,238 $630,583 $111,928
16 Joaquin Miller Park 681 $916,900 $165,444
17 Montclair Business 229 $805,700 $150,230
18 Oakmore 4,022 $775,900 $108,764
19 Claremont 1,097 $1,310,967 $168,916
20 Adams Point 9,378 $399,700 $72,591
21 Hiller Highlands 447 $966,450 $161,756
22 Chabot Park 4,058 $608,700 $123,481
23 Caballo Hills 2,543 $607,367 $111,303
24 Grand Lake 5,102 $285,940 $70,607
25 Bella Vista 1,492 $390,550 $74,890
26 Lakeshore 3,265 $710,875 $98,515
27 Forestland 1,954 $795,200 $137,947
28 Gaskill 1,856 $475,550 $65,612
29 Bushrod 6,888 $612,055 $61,782
30 Piedmont Avenue 7,331 $515,600 $83,140
31 Lincoln Highlands 2,445 $566,840 $103,683
32 Crestmont 1,062 $699,300 $153,438
33 Maxwell Park 6,327 $455,033 $84,936
34 Rockridge 3,648 $1,010,625 $135,013
35 Shafter 3,472 $780,767 $66,422
36 Mountain View Cemetery 973 $967,200 $142,303
37 Upper Laurel 5,205 $536,125 $72,640
38 Temescal 4,262 $600,733 $83,410
39 Harrington 3,984 $293,267 $51,479
40 Leona Heights 930 $487,300 $87,500
41 Sequoyah 4,320 $512,200 $89,887
42 Sausal Creek 3,807 $390,920 $50,204
43 Lake Merritt 613 $441,200 $82,630
44 Golf Links 1,482 $447,750 $93,839
45 Upper Dimond 3,378 $594,400 $84,149
46 Ivy Hill 3,548 $410,050 $46,775
47 School 2,185 $411,750 $55,693
48 Golden Gate 1,690 $515,275 $65,466
49 Paradise Park 2,017 $496,967 $60,938
50 Allendale 4,647 $403,700 $45,974
51 Old City-Produce And Waterfront 2,153 $448,040 $76,119
52 Santa Fe 3,431 $623,820 $47,396
53 Millsmont 4,652 $344,850 $62,267
54 Upper Peralta Creek-Bartlett 3,256 $371,600 $48,575
55 Bartlett 1,238 $347,050 $56,976
56 Longfellow 5,884 $346,333 $54,054
57 Sheffield Village 99 $594,000 $90,125
58 Laurel 1,608 $384,600 $52,193
59 Oakland Ave-Harrison St 5,568 $311,460 $54,560
60 Clinton 9,195 $360,144 $37,709
61 Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 921 $667,400 $123,204
62 Eastmont Hills 4,355 $409,375 $82,510
63 Highland Terrace 4,662 $309,120 $38,727
64 Fairfax Business-Wentworth-Holland 2,338 $293,750 $44,870
65 Sobrante Park 3,500 $241,000 $47,978
66 Patten 2,830 $373,033 $40,999
67 Lynn-Highland Park 3,096 $451,950 $47,757
68 Peralta-Hacienda 2,486 $348,300 $47,859
69 Arroyo Viejo 5,738 $253,060 $49,866
70 Fairfax 2,070 $407,050 $47,497
71 Dimond 1,681 $379,100 $57,704
72 Mosswood 2,434 $549,150 $70,251
73 Toler Heights 2,864 $402,400 $48,208
74 Durant Manor 3,093 $263,900 $65,014
75 Clawson 2,579 $441,400 $70,344
76 Jefferson 3,814 $292,475 $50,640
77 South Prescott 424 $572,400 $65,625
78 Merritt 3,208 $334,125 $40,135
79 Mcclymonds 2,905 $389,333 $41,590
80 Las Palmas 2,735 $276,750 $50,164
81 Saint Elizabeth 5,809 $248,975 $38,008
82 Reservoir Hill-Meadow Brook 5,292 $329,143 $39,638
83 Chinatown 3,425 $429,833 $21,261
84 Downtown 4,124 $360,280 $30,079
85 Castlemont 5,820 $243,650 $42,814
86 Tuxedo 2,659 $348,950 $46,400
87 Fremont 5,889 $207,800 $39,414
88 Oak Tree 3,262 $312,600 $36,584
89 Lakewide 3,396 $162,220 $50,495
90 Rancho San Antonio 5,831 $338,940 $32,020
91 Bancroft Business-Havenscourt 6,963 $241,371 $46,110
92 Waverly 865 $335,900 $21,426
93 Foothill Square 1,432 $316,300 $55,385
94 Hegenberger 3,043 $163,867 $33,348
95 San Pablo Gateway 2,704 $436,133 $31,740
96 Elmhurst Park 3,144 $332,833 $42,830
97 Pill Hill 2,034 $432,900 $42,064
98 Cox 3,396 $263,800 $45,160
99 Ralph Bunche 2,623 $466,175 $37,539
100 Oak Center 3,948 $421,617 $28,166
101 Webster 3,681 $220,250 $38,476
102 Prescott 5,560 $350,950 $41,625
103 Seminary 5,800 $204,500 $26,779
104 East Peralta 1,839 $322,667 $49,177
105 Lockwood Tevis 2,794 $220,050 $50,903
106 Frick 3,469 $326,050 $46,120
107 Northgate 1,882 $281,850 $43,984
108 Iveywood 2,986 $236,260 $48,900
109 Peralta-Laney 753 $314,933 $73,646
110 Highland 3,778 $275,120 $37,110
111 Hoover-Foster 4,061 $233,600 $25,849
112 North Stonehurst 4,056 $184,350 $38,959
113 Produce And Waterfront 1,348 $177,500 $73,646
114 Arrowhead Marsh 285 $281,700 $46,908
115 South Kennedy Tract 1,893 $138,150 $63,505
116 Columbia Gardens 600 $225,500 $48,681
117 Civic Center 1,654 $313,300 $38,523
118 Melrose 437 $259,800 $61,857
119 Hawthorne 3,744 $233,940 $32,136
120 Brookfield Village 3,470 $210,825 $42,306
121 Acorn-Acorn Industrial 2,274 $325,257 $60,700
122 South Stonehurst 771 $144,500 $38,208
123 Woodland 2,165 $235,600 $30,444
124 Coliseum 4,071 $210,667 $23,739
125 Eastmont 3,020 $178,867 $29,571
126 Fitchburg 3,052 $181,950 $27,462
127 Fruitvale Station 839 $128,550 $49,010
128 Oakland Airport 925 $75,167 $48,681
129 Coliseum Industrial 2,132 $169,150 $55,169
130 North Kennedy Tract 1,111 $263,100 $28,664

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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