Berkeley, CA

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Population

120,179

1.34% growth

Poverty Rate

19.8%


Median Age

31


Median Household Income

$75,709

7.55% growth

Number of Employees

62,055

1.74% growth

Median Property Value

$861,800

8.38% growth

About

In 2017, Berkeley, CA had a population of 120k people with a median age of 31 and a median household income of $75,709. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Berkeley, CA grew from 118,585 to 120,179, a 1.34% increase and its median household income grew from $70,393 to $75,709, a 7.55% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (54.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (19.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.34%), White (Hispanic) (5.54%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (5.5%). N/A% of the people in Berkeley, CA speak a non-English language, and 88.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Berkeley, CA are University of California-Berkeley (12,673 degrees awarded in 2017), Berkeley City College (804 degrees), and The Wright Institute (151 degrees).

The median property value in Berkeley, CA is $861,800, and the homeownership rate is 42.9%. Most people in Berkeley, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Berkeley, CA is 1 car per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in California, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for California.

This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in California (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of California across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

The economy of Berkeley, CA employs 62.1k people. The largest industries in Berkeley, CA are Educational Services (15,694 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (11,053 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,746 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($113,929), Utilities ($110,750), and Finance & Insurance ($74,970).

Median household income in Berkeley, CA is $75,709. Males in Berkeley, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Berkeley, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$75,709

2017 value

± $2,316

7.55%

1 Year Growth

± 4.92%

Households in Berkeley, CA have a median annual income of $75,709, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $70,393 in 2016, which represents a 7.55% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Berkeley, CA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Berkeley, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4226

  2. Census Tract 4211

  3. Census Tract 4238

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Berkeley, CA was Census Tract 4226 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 4211 and Census Tract 4238, with respective values of $178,438 and $170,417.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Berkeley, CA (21.4k out of 108k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    8,438 ± 781

  2. Asian

    7,355 ± 814

  3. Black

    2,819 ± 492

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

62.1k

2017 Value

± 1,571

1.74%

1 Year growth

± 3.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Berkeley, CA grew at a rate of 1.74%, from 61k employees to 62.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Berkeley, CA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (8,988 people), Management Occupations (7,863 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,667 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Berkeley, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Berkeley, CA, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (8,988 people), Management Occupations (7,863 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,667 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Berkeley, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (7.95 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (3.49 times), and Legal Occupations (2.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Berkeley, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($108,068), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($99,236), and Management Occupations ($82,988).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

62.1k

2017 Value

± 1,571

1.74%

1 Year growth

± 3.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Berkeley, CA grew at a rate of 1.74%, from 61k employees to 62.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Berkeley, CA, are Educational Services (15,694 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (11,053 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,746 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Berkeley, CA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (15,694 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (11,053 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,746 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Berkeley, CA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.73 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.54 times), and Information (2.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Berkeley, CA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($113,929), Utilities ($110,750), and Finance & Insurance ($74,970).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95% of the population of Berkeley, CA has health coverage, with 53.9% on employee plans, 8.49% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 21.4% on non-group plans, and 0.697% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Berkeley, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Berkeley, CA see 953 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (936 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1095 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 182 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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953 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alameda County, CA see an average of 953 patients per year. This represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (936 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5%

Uninsured

53.9%

Employer Coverage

8.49%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

21.4%

Non-Group

0.697%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Berkeley, CA declined by 10.5% from 5.58% to 5%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Berkeley, CA is home to a population of 120k people, from which 88.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 20.2% of Berkeley, CA residents were born outside of the country (24.3k people).

In 2017, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.7k people) in Berkeley, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 10k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Berkeley, CA was 31. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Berkeley, CA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Berkeley, CA residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

20.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

24.3k people

20.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

24.4k people

As of 2017, 20.2% of Berkeley, CA residents (24.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Berkeley, CA was 20.6%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Berkeley, CA compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

88.2%

2017 Citizenship

88.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.2% of Berkeley, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Berkeley, CA was 88.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

The following chart shows US citizenship percentages in Berkeley, CA compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley, CA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    65.7k ± 1.19k

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    23.5k ± 1.04k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    10k ± 788

In 2017, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.7k people) in Berkeley, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 10k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,166 ± 217

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    471 ± 156

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    283 ± 102

Berkeley, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Berkeley, CA awarded 13,832 degrees. The student population of Berkeley, CA is skewed towards women, with 24,026 male students and 25,457 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Berkeley, CA are White (4,151 and 36.6%), followed by Asian (3,807 and 33.5%), Hispanic or Latino (1,558 and 13.7%), and Unknown (765 and 6.74%).

The largest universities in Berkeley, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of California-Berkeley (12,673 and 91.6%), Berkeley City College (804 and 5.81%), and The Wright Institute (151 and 1.09%).

The most popular majors in Berkeley, CA are General Business Administration & Management (991 and 7.16%), General Economics (647 and 4.68%), and Cellular & Molecular Biology (615 and 4.45%).

The median tuition costs in Berkeley, CA are $18,200 for private four year colleges, and $11,502 and $39,516 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 556 degrees awarded

  2. 615 degrees awarded

  3. 571 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Berkeley, CA was Computer Science with 556 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 12,673 degrees awarded

  2. 804 degrees awarded

  3. 151 degrees awarded

$11,502

Median In-State Public

$18,200

Median Private

In 2017, the Berkeley, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of California-Berkeley with 12,673 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,738

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,094

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 6,738 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Berkeley, CA, which is 0.95 times less than the 7,094 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Berkeley, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,151 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    3,807 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,558 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Berkeley, CA were to White students. These 4,151 degrees mean that there were 1.09 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 3,807 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Berkeley, CA was $861,800 in 2017, which is 3.75 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $795,200 to $861,800, a 8.38% increase. The homeownership rate in Berkeley, CA is 42.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Berkeley, CA have an average commute time of 25.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Berkeley, CA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$861,800

2017 Median

± $14,560

$795,200

2016 Median

± $15,816

In 2017, the median property value in Berkeley, CA grew to to $861,800 from the previous year's value of $795,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Berkeley, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Berkeley, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $750k - $1000k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$75,709

Median Household Income

± $2,316

45.5k

Number of Households

± 1,232

In 2017, the median household income of the 45.5k households in Berkeley, CA grew to $75,709 from the previous year's value of $70,393.

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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Berkeley, CA 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.

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Rent vs Own

42.9%

2017 Homeownership

42.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 42.9% of the housing units in Berkeley, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 42.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Berkeley, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Berkeley, CA have a longer commute time (25.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.63% of the workforce in Berkeley, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    32.3%

  2. Public Transit

    23%

  3. Walked

    18%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Berkeley, CA was Drove Alone (32.3%), followed by those who Public Transit (23%) and those who Walked (18%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 2 cars.

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