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Berkeley, California - Basic Facts

The City of Berkeley had a population of 120,238 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Berkeley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 120,238
Daytime Population: Workers 92,584
Daytime Population: Residents 62,250
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 154,834
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.29
Population in Households 107,569
Population in Familes 56,446
Population in Group Qrtrs 12,669
Population Density2 11,489
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $62,938
Average Household Income $106,295
Per Capita Income $45,360


Total Housing Units 51,922 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,151 (36.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 30,021 (57.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,750 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $814,326
Average Home Value $844,713


Total Households 49,172
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 19,935
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.94% 1.0%
Households 0.94% 1.03%
Families 0.86% 0.98%
Median Household Income   4.0%
Per Capita Income   2.72%

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, 2017 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 Density # 45 97th
Diversity Index # 646 57th
Median Household Income # 595 61st
Per Capita Income # 292 81st

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