These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Oakland


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

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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:

  1. Fairview Park
  2. Crocker Highland
  3. Lakeshore
  4. Piedmont
  5. Rockridge
  6. Upper Rockridge
  7. Piedmont Avenue
  8. Glenview
  9. Trestle Glen
  10. Piedmont Pines

Read on to see how we determined the places around Oakland that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Oakland?

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 112 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, Fairview Park.

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.

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1. Fairview Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,938
Median Home Price: $739,867
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

2. Crocker Highland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,349
Median Home Price: $895,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

3. Lakeshore

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,640
Median Home Price: $597,525
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

4. Piedmont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,496
Median Home Price: $985,156
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

5. Rockridge

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,277
Median Home Price: $811,500
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

6. Upper Rockridge

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,946
Median Home Price: $948,929
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

7. Piedmont Avenue

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,766
Median Home Price: $580,717
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,699
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

8. Glenview

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,736
Median Home Price: $617,233
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

9. Trestle Glen

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,579
Median Home Price: $767,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

10. Piedmont Pines

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,884
Median Home Price: $790,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,051
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

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:

  1. Coliseum
  2. Cox
  3. Elmhurst Park

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Oakland

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Fairview Park 1 3,938 $739,867 3,051 2.9%
Crocker Highland 2 2,349 $895,200 3,051 2.5%
Lakeshore 3 3,640 $597,525 3,051 3.8%
Piedmont 4 10,496 $985,156 3,051 3.8%
Rockridge 5 3,277 $811,500 3,051 3.7%
Upper Rockridge 6 5,946 $948,929 3,051 3.6%
Piedmont Avenue 7 6,766 $580,717 3,699 4.5%
Glenview 8 5,736 $617,233 3,051 4.6%
Trestle Glen 9 3,579 $767,700 3,051 4.9%
Piedmont Pines 10 2,884 $790,350 3,051 2.4%
Forestland 11 1,981 $766,600 3,051 0.0%
Montclair 12 3,784 $809,425 3,051 3.1%
Merriwood 13 3,239 $797,300 3,051 3.2%
Oakmore 14 3,791 $686,150 3,051 3.7%
Panoramic Hill 15 1,501 $1,000,001 3,051 3.2%
Adams Point 16 8,790 $339,650 6,345 4.3%
Shepherd Canyon 17 2,004 $764,880 3,051 1.4%
Cleveland Heights 18 6,795 $493,083 5,557 6.7%
Grand Lake 19 5,090 $349,725 6,729 4.3%
Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 20 1,243 $679,750 3,051 0.0%
Glen Highlands 21 1,323 $777,400 3,051 4.5%
Shafter 22 3,876 $763,700 3,051 8.2%
Woodminster 23 1,504 $725,600 3,051 4.9%
Gaskill 24 1,956 $411,050 7,373 4.2%
Caballo Hills 25 2,579 $620,033 3,051 2.9%
Redwood Heights 26 4,643 $559,033 3,283 5.9%
Upper Laurel 27 5,035 $391,600 7,450 4.5%
Crestmont 28 1,014 $643,200 3,051 6.7%
Maxwell Park 29 5,937 $387,683 7,039 6.4%
Oakland Ave-Harrison St 30 5,618 $328,250 7,943 4.4%
Lincoln Highlands 31 2,807 $529,280 4,308 5.8%
Upper Dimond 32 3,113 $544,317 4,441 6.2%
Temescal 33 4,180 $526,817 5,227 7.9%
Sequoyah 34 3,745 $538,050 3,669 5.1%
Paradise Park 35 1,763 $461,233 6,637 5.1%
Dimond 36 1,309 $386,100 7,782 3.4%
School 37 1,709 $311,800 9,090 2.8%
Bushrod 38 6,592 $464,545 7,100 6.2%
Chabot Park 39 3,875 $510,000 5,099 6.5%
Golden Gate 40 1,446 $459,650 6,604 5.5%
Bella Vista 41 1,452 $438,900 7,377 9.1%
Lakewide 42 3,655 $420,900 6,775 4.6%
Mosswood 43 2,407 $417,800 6,969 8.0%
Old City-Produce And Waterfront 44 1,654 $347,760 6,919 4.9%
Merritt 45 3,487 $395,467 8,286 7.0%
Ivy Hill 46 3,379 $393,250 8,309 8.9%
Lynn-Highland Park 47 2,680 $298,750 9,722 4.2%
Golf Links 48 1,525 $410,750 6,518 9.5%
Santa Fe 49 2,851 $463,360 7,663 5.6%
Upper Peralta Creek-Bartlett 50 3,024 $390,633 8,689 10.1%
Millsmont 51 4,606 $318,250 8,667 8.1%
Produce And Waterfront 52 1,356 $310,150 7,394 2.6%
Eastmont Hills 53 4,010 $400,350 7,705 11.1%
Longfellow 54 4,792 $338,429 9,184 5.8%
Oak Tree 55 3,594 $407,867 9,662 9.4%
Saint Elizabeth 56 5,358 $378,675 9,856 10.1%
Civic Center 57 1,505 $334,867 8,582 3.7%
Allendale 58 5,006 $302,250 9,936 8.6%
Northgate 59 1,387 $310,400 8,872 3.5%
Chinatown 60 2,803 $327,300 9,864 4.6%
Highland Terrace 61 4,161 $327,360 9,866 9.7%
Webster 62 4,261 $311,175 10,602 8.9%
Mcclymonds 63 2,732 $329,500 9,392 7.0%
Tuxedo 64 2,248 $335,183 9,298 8.3%
Fairfax 65 2,339 $336,000 9,669 13.8%
Downtown 66 3,150 $345,625 8,776 5.6%
Sausal Creek 67 3,590 $310,720 9,838 9.6%
Reservoir Hill-Meadow Brook 68 5,701 $283,414 10,565 8.9%
Clawson 69 2,331 $359,867 7,431 10.2%
Rancho San Antonio 70 5,094 $326,860 10,417 9.6%
Durant Manor 71 3,026 $237,600 10,168 9.2%
East Peralta 72 1,879 $343,367 9,258 4.1%
Laurel 73 1,468 $307,050 9,552 7.6%
Fremont 74 5,339 $292,475 10,623 9.5%
Arroyo Viejo 75 5,168 $289,180 10,787 7.7%
Pill Hill 76 2,015 $327,050 8,873 6.1%
Harrington 77 4,327 $283,500 10,523 11.0%
South Kennedy Tract 78 1,646 $288,625 9,213 9.5%
Clinton 79 8,552 $281,529 10,252 10.4%
Acorn-Acorn Industrial 80 2,306 $328,380 9,002 10.9%
Hawthorne 81 3,443 $325,700 10,288 9.2%
Jefferson 82 3,736 $217,050 10,835 13.2%
Toler Heights 83 2,493 $323,750 9,597 9.7%
Patten 84 2,736 $297,867 10,231 12.2%
Prescott 85 5,054 $317,240 10,151 8.8%
Las Palmas 86 2,706 $236,950 10,404 10.1%
Frick 87 3,188 $286,200 9,919 10.5%
Hegenberger 88 2,599 $272,033 10,678 10.8%
Lockwood Tevis 89 2,558 $272,850 10,492 9.0%
Bancroft Business-Havenscourt 90 6,248 $274,883 10,538 9.7%
Seminary 91 5,193 $295,550 10,859 11.6%
San Pablo Gateway 92 2,052 $274,633 9,739 9.3%
Castlemont 93 5,213 $197,717 11,397 8.1%
Oak Center 94 4,025 $342,550 9,564 12.7%
North Stonehurst 95 4,600 $239,800 11,154 11.6%
Sobrante Park 96 2,690 $223,600 11,300 11.3%
Eastmont 97 3,377 $197,433 11,324 11.3%
Woodland 98 2,072 $207,900 11,755 7.9%
Hoover-Foster 99 4,037 $268,433 10,893 11.3%
Brookfield Village 100 3,927 $210,300 11,331 8.7%

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