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


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Oakland.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Oakland

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Oakland might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Oakland neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Oakland are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Oakland for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Oakland Airport looks to be the cheaptest Oakland neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Oakland. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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 cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Oakland Hoods In 2020

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Oakland, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 128 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Oakland.” We’re lookin’ at you, Oakland Airport.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Oakland. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Oakland For 2020

Oakland Airport Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 925
Cost Of Living Index: 100 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.5 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (17th cheapest)
More on Oakland Airport: Homes For Sale | Data

Oakland International Airport station is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station on the Coliseum-Oakland International Airport line in Oakland, California, United States. This station is on the system’s Automated Guideway Transit spur line, which carries passengers between Oakland International Airport and Oakland Coliseum Station.

The median income in Oakland Airport comes in at $48,681 and the median home value is $75,167 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,132
Cost Of Living Index: 115 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (46th cheapest)
More on Coliseum Industrial: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Coliseum Industrial comes in at $55,169 and the median home value is $169,150 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,893
Cost Of Living Index: 114 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.2 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (61st cheapest)
More on South Kennedy Tract: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in South Kennedy Tract comes in at $63,505 and the median home value is $138,150 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 839
Cost Of Living Index: 112 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (79th cheapest)
More on Fruitvale Station: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Fruitvale Station comes in at $49,010 and the median home value is $128,550 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,794
Cost Of Living Index: 121 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (67th cheapest)
More on Lockwood Tevis: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Lockwood Tevis comes in at $50,903 and the median home value is $220,050 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 753
Cost Of Living Index: 133 (48th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (34th cheapest)
More on Peralta-Laney: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Peralta-Laney comes in at $73,646 and the median home value is $314,933 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,274
Cost Of Living Index: 130 (39th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (33rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (23rd cheapest)
More on Acorn-Acorn Industrial: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Acorn-Acorn Industrial comes in at $60,700 and the median home value is $325,257 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,348
Cost Of Living Index: 122 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.4 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (76th cheapest)
More on Produce And Waterfront: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Produce And Waterfront comes in at $73,646 and the median home value is $177,500 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,102
Cost Of Living Index: 131 (42nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (47th cheapest)
More on Grand Lake: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Grand Lake comes in at $70,607 and the median home value is $285,940 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,396
Cost Of Living Index: 116 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.2 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (86th cheapest)
More on Lakewide: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Lakewide comes in at $50,495 and the median home value is $162,220 for 2020.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Oakland

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Oakland where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Oakland aren’t all cheap. Chinatown takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Oakland.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Oakland For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Oakland Airport 100
2 Coliseum Industrial 115
3 South Kennedy Tract 114
4 Fruitvale Station 112
5 Lockwood Tevis 121
6 Peralta-Laney 133
7 Acorn-Acorn Industrial 130
8 Produce And Waterfront 122
9 Grand Lake 131
10 Lakewide 116
11 Eastmont Hills 141
12 Golf Links 144
13 Chabot Park 158
14 Jefferson 127
15 Durant Manor 130
16 South Stonehurst 114
17 Melrose 129
18 Foothill Square 130
19 Fremont 119
20 Millsmont 134
21 Iveywood 124
22 East Peralta 129
23 Lincoln Highlands 156
24 Bella Vista 142
25 Harrington 129
26 North Stonehurst 118
27 Piedmont Pines 190
28 Sobrante Park 125
29 Las Palmas 128
30 Arroyo Viejo 127
31 Sequoyah 151
32 Bancroft Business-Havenscourt 125
33 Shepherd Canyon 190
34 Hegenberger 116
35 Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 170
36 Caballo Hills 166
37 Montclair 191
38 Oakland Ave-Harrison St 132
39 Trestle Glen 202
40 Brookfield Village 123
41 Old City-Produce And Waterfront 146
42 Northgate 127
43 Columbia Gardens 127
44 Castlemont 124
45 Cox 126
46 Adams Point 144
47 Longfellow 135
48 Crestmont 191
49 Redwood Heights 170
50 Maxwell Park 153
51 Fairfax Business-Wentworth-Holland 129
52 Woodminster 202
53 Bartlett 136
54 Montclair Business 199
55 Webster 122
56 Clawson 147
57 Forestland 191
58 Upper Dimond 161
59 Saint Elizabeth 124
60 Glen Highlands 200
61 Merriwood 199
62 Leona Heights 157
63 Dimond 140
64 Piedmont Avenue 158
65 Glenview 175
66 Eastmont 118
67 Lakeshore 177
68 Fitchburg 117
69 Upper Rockridge 239
70 School 143
71 Temescal 166
72 Hawthorne 122
73 Hiller Highlands 219
74 Lake Merritt 157
75 Joaquin Miller Park 219
76 Laurel 140
77 Peralta-Hacienda 136
78 Sausal Creek 140
79 Prescott 134
80 Arrowhead Marsh 133
81 Mountain View Cemetery 216
82 Seminary 119
83 Piedmont 277
84 Panoramic Hill 238
85 South Prescott 159
86 Rockridge 216
87 Merritt 133
88 Tuxedo 136
89 Woodland 123
90 Claremont 251
91 Toler Heights 141
92 Oakmore 193
93 Highland 129
94 Frick 136
95 Coliseum 118
96 Upper Laurel 161
97 Gaskill 154
98 Oak Tree 131
99 Mosswood 161
100 Civic Center 132
101 Fairview Park 195
102 Highland Terrace 132
103 Elmhurst Park 135
104 Hoover-Foster 122
105 Cleveland Heights 161
106 Paradise Park 155
107 Reservoir Hill-Meadow Brook 134
108 Upper Peralta Creek-Bartlett 141
109 Golden Gate 158
110 Ivy Hill 143
111 Pill Hill 144
112 North Kennedy Tract 127
113 Lynn-Highland Park 148
114 Clinton 137
115 Patten 139
116 Shafter 187
117 Bushrod 167
118 Rancho San Antonio 134
119 Downtown 135
120 Allendale 144
121 Ralph Bunche 147
122 San Pablo Gateway 143
123 Mcclymonds 142
124 Waverly 132
125 Oak Center 142
126 Fairfax 149
127 Santa Fe 169
128 Chinatown 143

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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