Skip to Main Content
  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 19,758. 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
19,758

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$812,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,791
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Albany
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

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
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    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
$88,655
National
$55,322
Places like Albany
More

Albany Reviews

48 reviews
All Categories
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.
Start Your Review of Albany
Rate It!
Albany is a very small but elegantly diverse town north of Berkeley, Ca. This place is quiet, peaceful, and has more to offer than you think. There are restaurants up and down Solano Ave and all along San Pablo, from Oakland to Richmond. During the summer, they have plenty of events for all ages. The police authorities, including the fire department, are very friendly and helpful with the services they provide. The cost of living is not the best, I'll admit, but if one can afford to live in this area comfortably, then I would recommend Albany to anyone.
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.