What's It Like Living in Berkeley?


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Those who live in Berkeley still see remnants of the 1960s' flower power and free speech movements; however, the city also has become a hub for those who appreciate a variety of cultures and culinary treats. The city balances its indoor restaurants and events with outdoor fun, including hiking trails, golf courses, botanical gardens, kayaks and sailboats.

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Those who live in Berkeley become accustomed to weather that doesn't vary much throughout the year. September is the warmest month, with an average high of 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The coolest month is January, during which the average high is 58 degrees Fahrenheit. No month has an average low within 10 degrees of freezing, so snow is pretty rare. While those living in Berkeley see some rain in winter and fall, rain is very scarce in late spring through summer. Berkeley averages just 0.01 inches of rain in July.

Berkeley has a lower median age of its residents (31) than California as a whole does (35). This is likely attributed to the University of California at Berkeley, which brings a large student population to the city. The median income for the city's residents is nearly $66,000 per year — approximately $7,000 per year more than the median income for all Californians.

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