Berkeley Among Brainy Cities
It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that a good number of residents in the Berkeley apartment rentals are pretty smart. After all, this town is home to the UC Berkeley, one of the country’s most well-respected universities (and well-known for producing some top-quality graduates and scientific research). What might surprise you, though, is that this trend toward “braininess” extends beyond the grounds of this legendary institution, to the populace of Berkeley as well.
As recently reported by Patch, “the folks at HeyTutor crunched education, financial and demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey to rank the most educated cities.” Their findings? Berkeley came in at number five as an “educated city,” and also holds the distinction of being the most educated city in California. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Read on, and we’ll explore the significance of these findings, along with a few other details you might never have realized before.
What’s So Great About Being Brainy?
While the distinction of being one of the brainiest cities in America might seem like just a footnote at first, HeyTutor lays out in no uncertain terms why educational attainment is so important for a population. That old adage, “the more you learn, the more you earn” seems to ring true:
“Cities that have fostered and attracted educated populations are benefiting financially with higher wages, home prices, and employment rates. In a self-perpetuating cycle, these factors also make cities more desirable places to live and continue to attract people with higher levels of education.”
That’s no small matter. According to data gathered by HeyTutor, median annual earnings for adults in the US is around $40,069, but that number increases to a whopping $67,763 annually for holders of bachelor’s degrees, and an even more impressive $98,369 annually for those with graduate and professional degrees. For contrast, the median earnings for those with only a high school diploma is $38,145 annually, and $26,832 per year for those who never finished school.
The message is clear, that educational achievement is critical to financial success, but it goes further. Educated cities don’t just have people earning higher wages, they also tend to have better home values as well:
“More educated cities tend to have higher wages. Additionally, the most educated cities also tend to have higher home values. Notably, there is a clear positive correlation between average years of education and median home value.”
What’s more, it’s easier for those with ample schooling to move up the socio-economic ladder, and they’re less likely to face bouts of unemployment (the unemployment rate for bachelor's degree-holders ages 25 and older is about half that of high school graduates).
Now, let’s talk about how Berkeley stacks up against the pack. According to HeyTutor, “Americans have an average of 13.9 years of education, which equates to at least some college or an associate’s degree.” In Berkeley, though, residents have an average of 16.56 years of schooling, and are edged out by only a handful of cities: Arlington, VA, Boulder, CO, Ann Arbor, MI, and Cambridge, MA.
Compared to other cities in California, Berkeley comes out on top, and by a not-so-insignificant margin. According to HeyTutor’s findings, “California was home to the five cities with the least amount of education, with El Monte, Santa Maria, Salinas and Santa Ana all having an average of fewer than 12 years of education.”
And in case you were thinking this particular ranking was just a fluke, you can take a look at similar reports from CNBC, Degree Query, and Wallet Hub, and see that the Bay Area consistently scores high in the rankings. It makes sense, as a part of HeyTutor’s finding was the fact that cities on the water (with ample access to higher education) tend to yield greater educational attainment:
“These places [educated cities] tended to be located on the coasts, were more likely to have a strong tech presence and had a healthy number of universities in the area.”
So, you might be wondering, what’s the vibe like in Berkeley with so many brainiacs running around town? By most accounts, it’s a blast. Berkeley enjoys an impressive amount of diversity, of both thought and cultural backgrounds. Beyond that, though, being and Berkeley means there’s always plenty to do and see:
“Home of the famed University of California and its superior educational opportunities, Berkeley has an incredible array of residential areas, cultural events, team sports, varied and plentiful shopping and attractive restaurants to please the most discriminating resident or visitor.”
Thanks to all that education (and the plentiful economic opportunities that come with it), Berkeley residents are secure knowing that landing a great job is a goal that’s well within reach. That’s part of the appeal that draws so many driven and forward-thinking achievers to this small, Bay Area paradise, and woven into the ethos of this vibrant, cutting-edge community.
Suffice to say, the Berkeley lifestyle is one-of-a-kind, and while education is a big part of what makes this city great, it’s not the only thing you’ll find when you call it home. Whether it’s scientific achievement, artistic expression, political action, or something a bit different that moves you, chances are, you’ll find it honed to its razor’s edge here among that spectacular East Bay.
These Berkeley Apartment Rentals Put You in Just the Right Spot to Enjoy it All
If you’re looking to be right in the East Bay action while still retaining that ever-important peace of mind, look no further than Aventine. Situated conveniently on the coast, you’ll enjoy views of the water (and access to the treasures of the East Bay) like you’ve never dreamed of before. At the same time, though, you’re just far enough off the beaten path that it’s easy to disconnect and just enjoy life at your own pace when you need to. This is California like you’ve never experienced it before, so be sure to check out everything that Aventine has to offer, and make this your first choice for spectacular East Bay living done right.