Berkeley, CA

Census Place

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2022 Population
121,385
1.49% 1-year growth
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
32.5
1.25% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.7%
0.714% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$104,716
7.03% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$1.28M
15.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
62,190
0.963% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Berkeley, CA had a population of 121k people with a median age of 32.5 and a median household income of $104,716. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Berkeley, CA grew from 119,607 to 121,385, a 1.49% increase and its median household income grew from $97,834 to $104,716, a 7.03% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (51.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (20.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.54%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.6%), and Other (Hispanic) (4.38%).

None of the households in Berkeley, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

88.4% of the residents in Berkeley, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Berkeley, CA are University of California-Berkeley (15,215 degrees awarded in 2022), Berkeley City College (782 degrees), and The Wright Institute (186 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Berkeley, CA was $1.28M, and the homeownership rate was 43.3%.

Most people in Berkeley, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Berkeley, CA was 1 car per household.

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Population & Diversity

Berkeley, CA is home to a population of 121k people, from which 88.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 21.3% of Berkeley, CA residents were born outside of the country (25.8k people).

In 2022, there were 2.51 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63k people) in Berkeley, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.1k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 9.15k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

88.4%
2022 Citizenship
88.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 88.4% of Berkeley, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Berkeley, CA was 88.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    63k ± 1.35k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    25.1k ± 1.3k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    9.15k ± 1.11k
12.1%
Hispanic Population
14.7k people

In 2022, there were 2.51 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63k people) in Berkeley, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.1k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 9.15k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12.1% of the people in Berkeley, CA are hispanic (14.7k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Berkeley, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

21.3%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
25.8k people
21.4%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
25.6k people

As of 2022, 21.3% of Berkeley, CA residents (25.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Berkeley, CA was 21.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    808 ± 216
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    473 ± 160
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    258 ± 124

Berkeley, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Berkeley, CA employs 62.2k people. The largest industries in Berkeley, CA are Educational Services (12,995 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (12,376 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,544 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($172,143), Utilities ($118,889), and Finance & Insurance ($114,123).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

62.2k
2022 Value
± 1,939
0.963%
1 Year growth
± 4.25%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Berkeley, CA grew at a rate of 0.963%, from 61.6k employees to 62.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Berkeley, CA, are Management Occupations (8,436 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (8,002 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,351 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Berkeley, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

62.2k
2022 Value
± 1,939
0.963%
1 Year growth
± 4.25%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Berkeley, CA grew at a rate of 0.963%, from 61.6k employees to 62.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Berkeley, CA, are Educational Services (12,995 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (12,376 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,544 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Berkeley, CA, though some of these residents may live in Berkeley, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$70,854
Median earning men ± $5,616
$52,677
Median earning women ± $3,320

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($170,841), Manufacturing ($116,542), and Public Administration ($114,531).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($88,825), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($83,252), and Manufacturing ($81,937).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Berkeley, CA awarded 16,359 degrees. The student population of Berkeley, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 24,073 male students and 28,563 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Berkeley, CA are Asian (4,708 and 36.2%), followed by White (4,163 and 32%), Hispanic or Latino (2,330 and 17.9%), and Two or More Races (836 and 6.43%).

The largest universities in Berkeley, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Berkeley (15,215 and 93%), Berkeley City College (782 and 4.78%), and The Wright Institute (186 and 1.14%).

The most popular majors in Berkeley, CA are Computer Science (903 and 5.52%), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (833 and 5.09%), and Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (830 and 5.07%).

The median tuition costs in Berkeley, CA are $12,778 for private four year colleges, and $11,564 and $41,636 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Berkeley, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 11.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 46.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 52,636 (45.7% men and 54.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 52,636 students enrolled in Berkeley, CA, 45.7% men and 54.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Asian with 15,063 records, of which 53.9% were women and 46.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 799 degrees awarded
  2. 767 degrees awarded
  3. 848 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Berkeley, CA was Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with 799 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Berkeley, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 15,215 degrees awarded
  2. 782 degrees awarded
  3. 186 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Berkeley with 15,215 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 7,697 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Berkeley, CA, which is 0.889 times less than the 8,662 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Asian students. These 4,708 degrees mean that there were 1.13 times more degrees awarded to Asian students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 4,163 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($12,778) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,831) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,971) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Berkeley, CA was $1.28M in 2022, which is 4.54 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $1.11M to $1.28M, a 15.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Berkeley, CA is 43.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Berkeley, CA have an average commute time of 30.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Berkeley, CA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Median household income in Berkeley, CA is $104,716. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Berkeley, CA was Census Tract 4212 with a value of $247,171, followed by Census Tract 4211 and Census Tract 4216, with respective values of $234,243 and $218,390.

Property

$1.28M
Median Property Value 2022
±$39,671
$19,814
Median Property Taxes
±$768

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Berkeley, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Berkeley, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

43.3%
Homeownership
2022
67.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 43.3% of the housing units in Berkeley, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 43.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4212
  2. Census Tract 4211
  3. Census Tract 4216

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Berkeley, CA was Census Tract 4212 with a value of $247,171, followed by Census Tract 4211 and Census Tract 4216, with respective values of $234,243 and $218,390.

The following map shows all of the places in Berkeley, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$104,716
Median Household Income
± $4,376
45.8k
Number of Households
± 1,482

In 2022, the median household income of the 45.8k households in Berkeley, CA grew to $104,716 from the previous year's value of $97,834.

The following chart displays the households in Berkeley, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Berkeley, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (29.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (28.1%)
  3. Public Transit (17.6%)

In 2022, 29.4% of workers in Berkeley, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (28.1%) and those who used public transit to get to work (17.6%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

30.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Berkeley, CA have a longer commute time (30.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.4% of the workforce in Berkeley, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

1 car
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Berkeley, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Berkeley, CA have 1 car.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Berkeley, CA (19.4k out of 110k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Berkeley, CA is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

97.1% of the population of Berkeley, CA has health coverage, with 54.8% on employee plans, 10.2% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 20.1% on non-group plans, and 0.501% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Alameda County, CA see 902 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.661% decrease from the previous year (908 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1022 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 145 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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902 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alameda County, CA

Primary care physicians in Alameda County, CA see an average of 902 patients per year. This represents a 0.661% decrease from the previous year (908 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alameda County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 16.2% under 18 years, 37.5% between 18 and 34 years, 30.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

2.89%
Uninsured
54.8%
Employer Coverage
10.2%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
20.1%
Non-Group
0.501%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Berkeley, CA declined by 9.71% from 3.21% to 2.89%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Berkeley, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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