The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Oakland For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Oakland are the safest places to live.

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

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Oakland are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Oakland. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Oakland neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Oakland in 2020? That would be Forestland. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Oakland.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Oakland neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest Oakland Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Oakland.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Oakland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Forestland.

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

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Oakland For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,954
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 41
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,737
More on Forestland: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Forestland comes in at 41 and the property crime per capita is 1,737 for 2020.

Panoramic Hill Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,751
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 138
Property Crime Per 100k: 981
More on Panoramic Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Panoramic Hill comes in at 138 and the property crime per capita is 981 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,543
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 158
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,458
More on Caballo Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Caballo Hills comes in at 158 and the property crime per capita is 1,458 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,530
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,964
More on Woodminster: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Woodminster comes in at 123 and the property crime per capita is 1,964 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,996
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,783
More on Upper Rockridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Upper Rockridge comes in at 148 and the property crime per capita is 1,783 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,058
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 192
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,587
More on Chabot Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Chabot Park comes in at 192 and the property crime per capita is 1,587 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,011
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,033
More on Montclair: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Montclair comes in at 114 and the property crime per capita is 2,033 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,022
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 113
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,173
More on Oakmore: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Oakmore comes in at 113 and the property crime per capita is 2,173 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,273
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 172
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,967
More on Merriwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Merriwood comes in at 172 and the property crime per capita is 1,967 for 2020.

Shepherd Canyon Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,863
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,074
More on Shepherd Canyon: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Shepherd Canyon comes in at 144 and the property crime per capita is 2,074 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Oakland

Looking at the data, you can tell that Forestland is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Forestland 1,778
2 Panoramic Hill 1,119
3 Caballo Hills 1,616
4 Woodminster 2,087
5 Upper Rockridge 1,931
6 Chabot Park 1,779
7 Montclair 2,147
8 Oakmore 2,286
9 Merriwood 2,139
10 Shepherd Canyon 2,218
11 Bartlett 2,259
12 Piedmont Pines 2,805
13 Glen Highlands 3,094
14 Grand Lake 2,775
15 Lincoln Highlands 2,946
16 Montclair Business 2,913
17 Piedmont 2,913
18 Lake Merritt 2,913
19 Redwood Heights 3,452
20 Leona Heights 3,755
21 Joaquin Miller Park 3,803
22 Hiller Highlands 3,819
23 Upper Peralta Creek-Bartlett 3,467
24 Sausal Creek 3,613
25 Bushrod 3,710
26 Highland Terrace 3,756
27 Cleveland Heights 4,128
28 Maxwell Park 4,023
29 Temescal 3,824
30 Crestmont 4,209
31 Clinton 4,152
32 Harrington 3,819
33 Bella Vista 4,305
34 Claremont 4,433
35 Sequoyah 4,465
36 Trestle Glen 4,522
37 Golden Gate 4,556
38 Peralta-Hacienda 4,413
39 School 4,434
40 Sobrante Park 4,299
41 Fairview Park 4,568
42 Ivy Hill 4,463
43 Paradise Park 4,485
44 Tuxedo 4,611
45 Gaskill 4,690
46 Durant Manor 4,843
47 Glenview 5,189
48 Mountain View Cemetery 5,225
49 Adams Point 5,203
50 South Prescott 4,976
51 Eastmont Hills 4,985
52 Lynn-Highland Park 5,005
53 Upper Dimond 5,053
54 Allendale 5,141
55 Jefferson 5,298
56 Hegenberger 5,209
57 Reservoir Hill-Meadow Brook 5,442
58 Fairfax 5,544
59 Old City-Produce And Waterfront 5,546
60 Millsmont 5,552
61 Highland 5,536
62 Golf Links 6,761
63 Santa Fe 5,809
64 Fairfax Business-Wentworth-Holland 5,573
65 South Stonehurst 5,708
66 Elmhurst Park 5,765
67 Saint Elizabeth 5,702
68 Shafter 7,036
69 Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 7,041
70 Upper Laurel 6,691
71 North Stonehurst 6,296
72 Longfellow 6,494
73 Clawson 6,655
74 Piedmont Avenue 7,327
75 Oak Tree 6,027
76 Seminary 6,197
77 Rockridge 7,678
78 Oak Center 6,975
79 Iveywood 6,597
80 Patten 6,305
81 Las Palmas 6,594
82 Pill Hill 7,155
83 Castlemont 6,586
84 Woodland 7,435
85 Toler Heights 7,421
86 Lakeshore 7,989
87 Mosswood 7,481
88 Lockwood Tevis 6,869
89 Cox 6,914
90 Downtown 7,852
91 Rancho San Antonio 7,602
92 Laurel 7,963
93 Waverly 8,039
94 Frick 7,852
95 Brookfield Village 8,018
96 Dimond 8,795
97 Merritt 8,116
98 Chinatown 8,590
99 Civic Center 8,603
100 Northgate 8,642
101 Fremont 8,058
102 Bancroft Business-Havenscourt 8,287
103 Hawthorne 8,422
104 Oakland Ave-Harrison St 9,174
105 Arroyo Viejo 8,521
106 East Peralta 9,212
107 Columbia Gardens 9,242
108 Produce And Waterfront 11,801
109 North Kennedy Tract 9,358
110 Mcclymonds 9,333
111 Prescott 9,511
112 Coliseum 9,461
113 Melrose 10,064
114 Ralph Bunche 10,048
115 South Kennedy Tract 10,522
116 Arrowhead Marsh 12,963
117 Fitchburg 10,081
118 Lakewide 11,843
119 Coliseum Industrial 11,025
120 Webster 10,214
121 Fruitvale Station 11,651
122 Oakland Airport 11,651
123 Foothill Square 11,244
124 Peralta-Laney 12,173
125 Eastmont 12,259
126 Hoover-Foster 13,664
127 Acorn-Acorn Industrial 13,586
128 San Pablo Gateway 14,256

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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