Is Berkeley Really an Oasis in the Bay Area?
We have 2 kids - our oldest is 4 - and we're considering either moving to Berkeley or leaving the Bay Area (currently in Mountain View). The primary reasons we're considering Berkeley is it seems like an oasis within the pressure cooker environment in the Bay Area (for both kids and parents). Specifically, we perceive it as an area that has two things that we don't see in the rest of the Bay Area:
1. Relatively relaxed/ balanced schools and students. There seems to be less pressure on academic success.
2. Berkeley families seems to be more diverse, in terms of race, wealth, occupations. In other words, unlike the South Bay, is seems like it's less of a techie monolith.
Is Berkeley really different from the rest of the Bay Area in terms of balanced students/schools and diverse families? Are things changing? If so, how? Would love to hear any thoughts here.