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Oakland has seen a huge influx of people over the last 10 years even as California has started to see an outflow. We don't know if this increase is because it's one of the top 100 cities in America for singles or because people are crossing the Bay Bridge to flee San Francisco's high cost of living, but what we do know is that Oakland has some pretty cool neighborhoods. And if you want to know where those neighborhoods are located, you should take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best neighborhoods in Oaktown for 2022.
It's not that Oakland doesn't have its fair share of problems--most cities with 411,327 residents generally do, but Oakland is working hard to find solutions that are best for everyone. Oakland is afterall one of the most diverse cities in California. However, where Oakland used to be in the headlines for high crime, the city is now being used in conversations that include words like progress and renewal. And, people, this sense of rebirth is starting in Oakland's best neighborhoods. For example, if you're looking for a quirky bohemian enclave, the Fairview Park neighborhood has eclectic coffee shops and a bunch of craft breweries. The Panoramic Hill neighborhood has everything Oakland, but it comes with a pretty expensive price tag. But, if you want the best deal, Piedmont is the most affordable in terms of median income level to home price ratio.
And because HomeSnacks doesn't want you to live a life with regret, we think that you should definitely make one of Oakland's best neighborhoods your first Northern California choice. To do this, you're going to need to keep reading to see your top ten choices.
The Best Neighborhoods In Oakland For 2022
In our quest to determine Oakland's best neighborhoods, we also ranked the city's hoods based on safety, unemployment rates, affordability, and amenities and gave each a SnackAbility score. Folks, Oakland's top ten neighborhoods scored a 9.5/10 and better. So, you know these are some pretty amazing places.
But, what is the best neighborhood in Oakland? According to the latest data that would be Crocker Highland.
To see where the rest of Oakland's neighborhoods ranked take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Oakland
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $1,132,467 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $186,637 (Second best)
More on Crocker Highland: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $1,604,023 (best)
Median Income: $204,144 (best)
More on Piedmont: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $1,233,143 (Third best)
Median Income: $182,758 (Third best)
More on Upper Rockridge: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $826,367 (14th best)
Median Income: $100,433 (27th best)
More on Fairview Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $927,900 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $173,536 (Fifth best)
More on Trestle Glen: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $839,425 (13th best)
Median Income: $154,178 (12th best)
More on Montclair: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $795,200 (18th best)
Median Income: $137,947 (18th best)
More on Forestland: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,074,100 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $177,417 (Fourth best)
More on Panoramic Hill: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $842,920 (12th best)
Median Income: $147,649 (16th best)
More on Merriwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $847,925 (11th best)
Median Income: $162,407 (Ninth best)
More on Piedmont Pines: Homes For Sale | Data
Methodology: How We Determined The Best Oakland, CA Neighborhoods In 2022
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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 129 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.
Summary: 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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