Berkeley, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Berkeley, California - Basic Facts

The City of Berkeley had a population of 117,613 as of July 1, 2016. Berkeley ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Berkeley is located at latitude 37.867 and longitude -122.2991 in Alameda County. The formal boundaries for the City of Berkeley (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.47 sq. miles and a water area of 7.23 sq. miles. Alameda County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 171 feet.

The City of Berkeley (GNIS ID: 2409837) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Berkeley is located within Berkeley CCD of Alameda County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Berkeley population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Berkeley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 117,613
Population in Households 104,816
Population in Familes 55,186
Population in Group Qrtrs 12,797
Population Density1 11,238
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 47,878
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 19,481
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 51,273 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,653 (36.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 29,225 (57.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,395 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $770,798
Average Home Value $803,985


Median Household Income $60,904
Average Household Income $100,496
Per Capita Income $42,874
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.74% 1.0%
Households 0.67% 1.01%
Families 0.62% 0.99%
Median Household Income   2.86%
Per Capita Income   1.44%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Berkeley, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Berkeley to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 52 97th
Population Density1 # 46 97th
Diversity Index2 # 643 58th
Median Household Income # 600 60th
Per Capita Income # 286 81st

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