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  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
Albany is a suburb of San Francisco 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 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
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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    35
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    5
    41
  • Robbery
    141
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    387
    500
  • Theft
    1,927
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    317
    284
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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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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.
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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.
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.