A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$639,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,407
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%

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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
    99
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    9
    41
  • Robbery
    78
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    290
    525
  • Theft
    1,584
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    440
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$79,312
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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Life in Alameda is great! You can see Oakland and San Francisco from here. Streets have a low speed limit, making it safe for children. There's a variety of stores and shops that will satisfy your shopping needs. And the beach is great! There's a lot of windsurf happening here all the time. Overall, it's a great city in a great location!
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Just a 20 minute ferry ride from the busy life in San Francisco is a hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda. Alameda provides a small town feel, and appeals to young families for its renowned and resourceful public school district and overall safety. The town parades its diversity, and was featured in multiple news outlets when students, parents, teachers and AUSD faculty held posters that read "Everyone belongs here". Though expensive to buy real estate in Alameda, it does not compare to San Francisco or Silicon Valley. Majority of Alameda residents commute to the metropolis cities via ferry, bus, carpool, or BART. After work and on weekends, you can find Alamedans dining out at popular restaurants along Park Street and Webster Street, shopping and dining at South Shore, and catching a movie at the newly renovated Alameda Theatre. Whether you are looking to move, or for a quick getaway from San Francisco, Alameda welcomes you with open arms.
I love how the schools in Alameda feels very welcoming and more diverse in the student body. There is a community college, College of Alameda where anyone can apply to. High school students can enroll in courses and try out the different subjects within the system. The houses are comfortable, but one thing about the living in Alameda is that the price of living here keeps increasing year by year. It is hard to find a lot of affordable housing on the island now, but there are also now new homes being built in the Alameda Landing area. In terms of lifestyle, the air is fresh and it is right in the bay, so sometimes there is a very fishy smell. In terms of nightlife, there is barely any, but that is also because it's a small city compared to San Francisco or LA.