Retire in Berkeley

Best Retirement City - Berkeley

See why many believe that Berkeley is the best city to retire

Berkeley, CA is a college community, but there is also a large population of retirees settling into the city to enjoy the diverseness, the breathtaking beauty, splendid year-round weather, and the plethora of great amenities and attractions. Home to six distinctive neighborhoods, individuals that choose to retire in Berkley oftentimes look to the lush Berkley Hills area for their home. Featuring spectacular views of the city, immaculate parks, and desirable bungalows, this neighborhood is also home to many activities for seniors, including the Berkley Rose Garden, Indian Rock Park, and the beautiful Tilden Park. Thousand Oaks is another desirable community, featuring charming bungalows and apartments, with plenty of nearby shopping, restaurants, and mom-and-pop boutiques. Have questions or comment about what it's like to retire in Berkeley? Click "Share your thoughts" to discuss with the eRetirements community!

City Highlights

  1. Active, vibrant lifestyle
  2. Top dining options
  3. Highly educated population
  4. Mild winters

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Higher than average crime rates
  2. Not tax friendly

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 65,283

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Oakland CA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Oakland International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Oakland International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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