Retire in Berkeley

Affordability

Find out how much it costs to live in Berkeley.

Cost of Living

Kiplinger Rating:

Least Tax Friendly

State Income Tax:

1-13.3%

Social Security Tax?

None

County + State Sales Tax

9.5%

Property Tax Rate *

0.8%

Property Tax Ranking (County Property Tax rank out of 2,773, higher rank=lower rate) *

1851

* 2008-2010

Cost of Living Index (100=average):

173.2

Housing + transportation costs as % of income:

43%

Tax Details

State Sales Tax Breaks for Seniors:

None

Pensions Taxed?

Yes

Tax burden: % income going to state and local taxes:

10.9%

Inheritance and estate taxes (per Kiplinger):

None

Taxing of other retirement income (per Kiplinger):

Yes

Property Tax Break for Seniors (per Kiplinger):

In 2014 the Governor reinstated the property tax postponement program which provides property-tax relief to senior citizens with revisions. Senior blind and disabled citizens with an annual income of less than $35000 and 40% equity in their homes can defer payment of property taxes beginning September 2016. Each county may also implement a property tax postponement program of its own if it elects to do so.

 

For more detailed tax information from Kiplinger, visit www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/

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Work Potential

  • Area
  • National Average

5 Largest Companies

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Ctr
  • Bayer Health Care
  • Residntial Stdents Svc Program
  • University of Ca-Berkeley
  • University of California

GDP Growth Last 3 Years

19.4%

Income Growth Last 3 Years

19.3%

Employment Growth Last 3 Years

11.2%

Top Industries Hiring

  • Manufacturing
  • Professional scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services
  • Educational services

Breakdown Fulltime vs Part Time over 65 (%)

  • Part Time over 65
  • Full Time Over 65

Occupation Breakdown (%)

  • Management, Business, Science & Arts (MBSA)
  • Natural Resources, Contruction & Maintenance (NRCM)
  • Production, Transportation, Materials & Moving (PTMM)
  • Sales & Office (S&O)
  • Service

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