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:
- Crocker Highland (Homes)
- Piedmont (Homes)
- Upper Rockridge (Homes)
- Fairview Park (Homes)
- Trestle Glen (Homes)
- Montclair (Homes)
- Merriwood (Homes)
- Panoramic Hill (Homes)
- Piedmont Pines (Homes)
- 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”.
- 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 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.
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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