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:
- Shepherd Canyon (Homes)
- Claremont (Homes)
- Panoramic Hill (Homes)
- Skyline-Hillcrest Estates (Homes)
- Crocker Highland (Homes)
- Piedmont (Homes)
- Rockridge (Homes)
- Caballo Hills (Homes)
- Trestle Glen (Homes)
- 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
Median Income: $143,799
Median Home Value: $739,980
Median Income: $156,474
Median Home Value: $921,134
The Claremont district is a neighborhood straddling the city limits of Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay section of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. The main thoroughfares are Claremont and Ashby Avenues.
More on Claremont: Real Estate | Data
3. Panoramic Hill
Median Income: $165,625
Median Home Value: $1,000,001
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.
More on Panoramic Hill: Real Estate | Data
4. Skyline-Hillcrest Estates
Median Income: $128,737
Median Home Value: $714,300
5. Crocker Highland
Median Income: $207,018
Median Home Value: $930,300
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.
More on Crocker Highland: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $213,769
Median Home Value: $982,567
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.
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $115,401
Median Home Value: $837,900
Rockridge is a residential neighborhood and commercial district in Oakland, California. Rockridge is generally defined as the area east of Telegraph Avenue, south of the Berkeley city limits, west of the Oakland hills and north of the intersection of Pleasant Valley Avenue/51st Street and Broadway. Rockridge was listed by Money Magazine in 2002 as one of the ‘best places to live’.
More on Rockridge: Real Estate | Data
8. Caballo Hills
Median Income: $116,946
Median Home Value: $628,533
9. Trestle Glen
Median Income: $162,440
Median Home Value: $794,120
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.
More on Trestle Glen: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $126,110
Median Home Value: $706,900
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:
For more reading, check out:
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Oakland
|30||North Kennedy Tract||1,017|
|35||Old City-Produce And Waterfront||2,052|
|46||Upper Peralta Creek-Bartlett||3,655|
|68||Rancho San Antonio||5,877|
|70||San Pablo Gateway||2,298|
|78||Oakland Ave-Harrison St||5,439|
|82||Reservoir Hill-Meadow Brook||5,686|
|84||Produce And Waterfront||1,372|
|99||South Kennedy Tract||2,012|