The 10 Best Oakland, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Oakland.
Best Neighborhoods In Oakland

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 2019:

  1. Crocker Highland (Homes)
  2. Piedmont (Homes)
  3. Upper Rockridge (Homes)
  4. Fairview Park (Homes)
  5. Trestle Glen (Homes)
  6. Montclair (Homes)
  7. Merriwood (Homes)
  8. Panoramic Hill (Homes)
  9. Piedmont Pines (Homes)
  10. Shepherd Canyon (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Oakland for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Crocker Highland looks to be the best Oakland neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Oakland hoods in 2019

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.

Crocker Highland Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,280
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $1,132,467 (4th best)
Median Income: $186,637 (2nd 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,992
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $1,604,023 (1st best)
Median Income: $204,144 (1st 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,996
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $1,233,143 (3rd best)
Median Income: $182,758 (3rd best)
More on Upper Rockridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,894
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 21)
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

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,819
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $927,900 (9th best)
Median Income: $173,536 (5th 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,011
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $839,425 (13th best)
Median Income: $154,178 (12th best)
More on Montclair: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,273
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $842,920 (12th best)
Median Income: $147,649 (16th best)
More on Merriwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Panoramic Hill Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,751
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $1,074,100 (5th best)
Median Income: $177,417 (4th 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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,892
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $847,925 (11th best)
Median Income: $162,407 (9th best)
More on Piedmont Pines: Homes For Sale | Data

Shepherd Canyon Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,863
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 9)
Median Home Value: $804,000 (17th best)
Median Income: $156,631 (11th best)
More on Shepherd Canyon: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

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 Forestland 1,954 $795,200 $137,947
21 Adams Point 9,378 $399,700 $72,591
22 Hiller Highlands 447 $966,450 $161,756
23 Chabot Park 4,058 $608,700 $123,481
24 Caballo Hills 2,543 $607,367 $111,303
25 Grand Lake 5,102 $285,940 $70,607
26 Bella Vista 1,492 $390,550 $74,890
27 Lakeshore 3,265 $710,875 $98,515
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 Maxwell Park 6,327 $455,033 $84,936
32 Crestmont 1,062 $699,300 $153,438
33 Lincoln Highlands 2,445 $566,840 $103,683
34 Rockridge 3,648 $1,010,625 $135,013
35 Shafter 3,472 $780,767 $66,422
36 Temescal 4,262 $600,733 $83,410
37 Mountain View Cemetery 973 $967,200 $142,303
38 Upper Laurel 5,205 $536,125 $72,640
39 Harrington 3,984 $293,267 $51,479
40 Lake Merritt 613 $441,200 $82,630
41 Leona Heights 930 $487,300 $87,500
42 Sequoyah 4,320 $512,200 $89,887
43 Sausal Creek 3,807 $390,920 $50,204
44 Upper Dimond 3,378 $594,400 $84,149
45 Ivy Hill 3,548 $410,050 $46,775
46 Golf Links 1,482 $447,750 $93,839
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 Laurel 1,608 $384,600 $52,193
58 Sheffield Village 99 $594,000 $90,125
59 Clinton 9,195 $360,144 $37,709
60 Oakland Ave-Harrison St 5,568 $311,460 $54,560
61 Eastmont Hills 4,355 $409,375 $82,510
62 Highland Terrace 4,662 $309,120 $38,727
63 Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 921 $667,400 $123,204
64 Sobrante Park 3,500 $241,000 $47,978
65 Fairfax Business-Wentworth-Holland 2,338 $293,750 $44,870
66 Lynn-Highland Park 3,096 $451,950 $47,757
67 Peralta-Hacienda 2,486 $348,300 $47,859
68 Fairfax 2,070 $407,050 $47,497
69 Patten 2,830 $373,033 $40,999
70 Mosswood 2,434 $549,150 $70,251
71 Arroyo Viejo 5,738 $253,060 $49,866
72 Dimond 1,681 $379,100 $57,704
73 Durant Manor 3,093 $263,900 $65,014
74 Toler Heights 2,864 $402,400 $48,208
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 Las Palmas 2,735 $276,750 $50,164
80 Mcclymonds 2,905 $389,333 $41,590
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 Castlemont 5,820 $243,650 $42,814
85 Downtown 4,124 $360,280 $30,079
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 Foothill Square 1,432 $316,300 $55,385
93 Hegenberger 3,043 $163,867 $33,348
94 San Pablo Gateway 2,704 $436,133 $31,740
95 Elmhurst Park 3,144 $332,833 $42,830
96 Pill Hill 2,034 $432,900 $42,064
97 Cox 3,396 $263,800 $45,160
98 Ralph Bunche 2,623 $466,175 $37,539
99 Oak Center 3,948 $421,617 $28,166
100 Webster 3,681 $220,250 $38,476
101 Seminary 5,800 $204,500 $26,779
102 Prescott 5,560 $350,950 $41,625
103 East Peralta 1,839 $322,667 $49,177
104 Lockwood Tevis 2,794 $220,050 $50,903
105 Frick 3,469 $326,050 $46,120
106 Iveywood 2,986 $236,260 $48,900
107 Northgate 1,882 $281,850 $43,984
108 Peralta-Laney 753 $314,933 $73,646
109 Waverly 865 $335,900 $21,426
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 Columbia Gardens 600 $225,500 $48,681
115 South Kennedy Tract 1,893 $138,150 $63,505
116 Civic Center 1,654 $313,300 $38,523
117 Arrowhead Marsh 285 $281,700 $46,908
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

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