Berkeley ranked 5th best city to live in nationwide

Editor’s note: I couldn’t help but think of George Rebane, Russ Steele, Todd Juvinall, Todd’s little trolls, “fish,” and Don Bessee — our teeny weeny but vocal alt-right — when I read this. Eat your heart out!

“Berkeley is the fifth-best city to live in America in 2017, according to a recently published ranking by Niche,” the Daily Cal newspaper is reporting.

“On the list, titled “2017 Best Cities to Live in America,” the city ranked just below Ann Arbor, Michigan; Naperville, Illinois; Arlington, Virginia; and Columbia, Maryland. Other cities that also made the top ten include The Woodlands, Texas; Plano, Texas; Overland Park, Kansas; Boulder, Colorado and Irvine, California.

“The grading was based on an A-F system for each criterion, with Berkeley scoring A’s in almost every one — public schools, nightlife, good for families, diversity, weather, health and fitness, outdoor activities and commute. The city, however, scored low in housing and crime and safety, with a C in both areas. Cost of living received a D.

“Both the percentage of residents that hold graduate degrees or higher and those that hold bachelor’s degrees exceed the national average, according to data shown on Niche’s website. Berkeley experiences twice the number of robberies and motor vehicle thefts than the national average annually.

“Niche’s ranking method is complex; it considers various factors such as the education levels of its residents, the consumer price index, home values and the number of students served by the public school system for the overall ranking of its cities.

“’This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area,’ the website’s methodology page states.

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

16 thoughts on “Berkeley ranked 5th best city to live in nationwide”

  1. I lived there only as a student, in the early 1960s, before Vietnam was much heard of, even before the student protests against the presence of ROTC on campus. I was required to enroll in ROTC, but I had so much contempt for that 1/2 unit class that I just stopped bothering to attend, happy to take an incomplete (my own silent rebellion). After my first year, my counselor told me, “It looks like you could do pretty much anything you want, except be a professional soldier.” “Hey, thanks!” I said.

    But … a pretty town. Jane and I spent a weekend there a couple of years ago when she was attending a conference at Julia Morgan’s Berkeley City Club, and were amazed at the stream of students walking up and down Telegraph Avenue with their attention riveted on their smart phones. Almost eery. But I’m sure that the students don’t have much of an effect on the best-city ratings (I hope I’m being ironic here).

  2. My husband and I once overheard a young woman on Broad Street telling her visiting companion,
    I told you, it’s just like a miniature Berkeley!”
    We have heard those comparisons before.
    This isn’t a quaint mining village anymore and that model for tourism is down the tracks.
    There is still some serious defining to accomplish before everyone feels included and comfortable in our new reality.

  3. This is the kind of “commentary” that appears regularly on Todd Juvinall’s blog. It was posted by “fish” yesterday: “… otherwise your new ‘friends’ are liable to stick an apple in your mouth and a steel spit up your ass..” Fish is a sick man who was long put into moderation on this blog, but his commentary appears regularly on Todd’s blog. Todd was even elected a supervisor in Nevada County. Go figure!

  4. Jeff,

    To Todd’s commenters who continually focus on anal penetration, this is from Wikipedia:

    A common subset of sexual obsessions revolves around homosexual obsessive-compulsive disorder (HOCD), in which sufferers have a deep fear that they, themselves, are homosexual or might become so (or, alternately, be wrongly perceived as being homosexual).
    A common coping mechanism is to be compulsively “ungay” while another is to compulsively view or witness homosexual acts to “prove” they aren’t arousing.

      1. And Todd is so lonely he has resorted to having internet conversations with a guy who identifies himself as “fish” on a Friday morning. The rest of us are having coffee, reading the newspaper and having conversations with our spouses. A sad sack indeed.

  5. Not to mention that Todd seems to be the self-appointed defender of trumpdom. He is always the first and often the only person to comment on any column or letter to the editor that disagrees with his far-far right viewpoint. Never does he provide any information to support his positions beyond “you lefties are blah blah blah.” The Todd’s of the world have no real factual ammunition to back their positions, just rhetorical blather about personal freedoms and liberty straight from the polluter’s handbook; as if destroying the ecosystem for fun and profit is somehow a constitutional right. They don’t seem to understand that they are doing the bidding of the multi-millionaires and billionaires (most of whom like trump, inherited their money) who seek to take the country back to the 19th century when they were lords and kings; the robber barons.

    1. Very true Joe. For someone who bleats about personal freedoms and liberty he certainly doesn’t let anyone who disagrees with him have their personal freedoms and liberties.

      1. Annie,
        Todd thinks we’re the same person. lol.
        “Todd JuvinallAugust 14, 2017 at 9:48 AM
        Annie Fannie is spewing on the FUE’s rag again. He must be lonely. LOL!”

        It hasn’t occurred to Todd that he’s wildly unpopular. You and me are the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Aqua Velva goes to the movies with his brother on a Saturday night. ROFLOL.

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