A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    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

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

34 reviews
All Categories
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.
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Albany is a small town and feels like a nice community and the schools are very safe, sweet places, though lately there has been a bit of drama with a bullying incident at the high school which is why I do not want to give it more than three stars for the time being. Albany is a small town, most people go next door to Berkeley for more exciting nightlife and Berkeley is definitely a more diverse place than Albany. I do not know much about the real estate market because I am a teenager, I also do not have a job, though many students at my high school do work locally so I am guessing that job opportunities, at least for millennials. I also do not need to commute in and out of Albany because I live only thee blocks away from my high school. Most of my schoolmates also walk to school because Albany is so small, most of us do not meed to commute.
Albany is a small city, but is close to bigger districts, such as Berkeley. The city is extremely safe for kids and adults. The people living here are diverse and extremely friendly. The school system in Albany is amazing. One thing though, is that the cost of living in Albany is expensive due to the awarded school system.