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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Alameda is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 78,246. Alameda is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Alameda offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Alameda there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Alameda and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Alameda are highly rated.
About Alameda...
Population
78,246

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$729,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,607
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Alameda Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    118.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    93.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    245.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,971.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    439
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Alameda

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$89,045
National
$55,322
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Alameda is a cute little suburban town/island across the water from SanFrancisco located between Oakland and San Leandro. It is a great place for families with younger children (parks, beach), senior citizens (old folks homes, 25mph speed limit), and pretty much anyone looking for a safer place to live. Alameda is growing in attractions so streets have become a little more congested but the attractions give all the more reason to come into town! Demographically, Alameda is mostly White and Asian and mixed but definitely a much lower amount of Black and brown people than the neighboring cities. All in all, Alameda is nice little town but for some it might seem too small and not diverse enough to seek permanent residency. Beautiful island town nevertheless!
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Alameda has been a great place to grow up! We have the best neighborhood where we all know each other and regularly get together for bbq's, outdoor movie night on someone's garage, and s'mores around the fire pit. It was great when I was little, playing tag at night with glow sticks and waging attacks on the boy team with our water guns, but I think that I appreciate it even more now that I am older. I always feel safe when I'm out with my friends. There are 2 shopping malls, downtown and the West-end, plus a movie theater, arcades, a pinball museum, a bowling alley and lots of bike paths, beaches, parks and even kite-surfing!

Alameda has been a great place to grow up, with the community of a small town, but only a 20 minute drive to San Francisco and Berkeley where we have enjoyed all of the benefits of a big city.
I love Alameda because I have great childhood memories here. It's always nice to have easy access to a beach that is in decent condition. My high school teachers cared about my education and I still talk to some even years after my graduation. The city has a well thought-out layout. However, I can't turn away from the fact that some of its characteristics are not that great. The housing is extremely expensive here, my family can only afford to rent an condo unit instead of buying as they would like. The city police department is somewhat good but doesn't seem to be doing their job all the way through. Car break ins and teenagers causing problems in the business district have gone up. Social media forums also seem to allow residents to know that there is a good amount of racist and discriminating people in the city that people wouldn't know about without the forums.
Overall, my opinion towards Alameda is good. It has everything you need on the man made island.