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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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 San Francisco with a population of 19,420. Albany is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Albany offers residents an urban 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
19,420

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$697,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,653
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Albany Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    25
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    30
    41
  • Robbery
    120
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    310
    500
  • Theft
    2,133
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    225
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$85,458
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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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.
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I’ve been procrastinating, writing about this amazing little town for a very long time. Albany has a small town family, fitness, leisure vibe. Nestled between the bay and Berkeley hills, Albany is magical. I love the walkability, diversity, amazing weather, and restaurants. Solano Ave is a gem and should be explored. Albany is very well centralized and reflects the best of both worlds a bedroom community that’s a hop skip and a jump to the big city and any amenity or form of indoor or outdoor activity you can conjure up. The homes are older and smaller though charming and whimsical and very well maintained. The weather here is amazing the best weather in my humble opinion in the world though at night it can get a little chilly. The schools as are some of the best in CA and all have been refurbished. The police department is community supportive and very responsive. Albany is a very safe community with artistic, open minded, intelligent creative people as its inhabitants.
Great user-friendly city to live in . Lots of amenities - but doesn't have a hospital. Public transit is easy and readily available If you live in Albany, you're no more than a 10-minute drive to the San Francisco Bay (just take Marin Avenue to where it ends). There are a ton of restaurants and shops on Solano Avenue. Several parks but none of them admittedly are spectacular and they are small. Our family loved living there although in the past several years it has become very expensive, almost as much as Berkeley which is legendary for its rents.