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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
- 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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