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Overall Niche Grade
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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
Albany is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 19,682. Albany is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Albany offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Albany there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Albany and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Albany are highly rated.
About Albany...
Population
19,682

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$766,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,739
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Albany Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    29.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    9.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    137.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    338.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,414.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    230.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Albany

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$87,694
National
$55,322
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Albany Reviews

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Lovely & walkable - If you can't afford Albany, look at the Richmond hills and at the little portion of San Pablo that is East of 1-80 - a hidden gem - we paid $500,000 less than you would for a small cottage in Albany for a spacious home off Alpine in San Pablo w/ panoramic views of the Bay - but Albany is just 5 min away and we love it! There's plenty of free street parking so its easy to drive there and walk. Great restaurants and cafes and a great indie movie theater too. And good schools.
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Positives: small town community feel. You know your neighbors and retail shop owners. Good community resources and activities. Great schools with parents and teachers who care. Excellent transportation options if you have to commute. Ability to walk just about everywhere. There is a generally high police presence in terms of patrol car visibility which I think helps a lot. You can walk the streets at all hours and it's generally safe.

Negatives: petty crime such as prowling and vehicle burglaries that you see in places like Berkeley and Oakland. Used to be a much bigger homeless population but most have been moved out. Housing and rental prices are ridiculously high given the size of most homes and apartments. More demand than supply.

Albany was once very conservative, but the demographics are slowly changing and the city has had its share of ups and downs with regard to race, tolerance, and diversity.
While Albany seems on paper like a tiny town, it never feels like it. While it is a common catchphrase that says it is only '1 square mile', Albany is situated between Berkeley and El Cerrito, two much larger cities so it has plenty of access to a wider range of entertainment and opportunities. BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, our public transport, is an amazing system. On it, one can reach any place in the Bay Area fairly quickly, including San Francisco.
Albany is incredibly environmentally sustainable, and has had a huge community push for walk-ability. Even though we are small, we have so many interesting places on our biggest streets, San Pablo and Solano.
We have all the benefits of small town suburbs, with wide streets and beautiful houses, and all the benefits of large cities, such as an amazing school system and loads of access and opportunities.