30 reviews
  1. Suburb of San Francisco, CA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    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
$675,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,627
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    56
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    30
    41
  • Robbery
    81
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    482
    525
  • Theft
    2,266
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    319
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$79,596
National
$53,889
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Albany Reviews

30 reviews
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Quiet, safe, warm community. Friendly and respectful habitants, frequent community events, right next to Berkeley, accessible and convenient public transportation. Great public school system, plenty of businesses on bustling Solano Ave.
This is by far the best place I have lived in the Bay Area and I have lived in various cities. It has a real small town feel. With monthly and yearly events it is easy to become a member of this community. All the neighbors know each other and you are going to meet much more people around town. There are many little shops and local restaurants that attract people from all over the bay. If you have any dietary restrictions then this is also a great place for you. Lots of entertainment choices and night light for all ages but far enough away from the university to not have loud nights outside your door.
Albany is a great area just north of Berkeley, CA. It is close enough to the UC and freeways to be easily accessible by car and public transportation, but still has a quiet neighborhood feeling.