66 reviews
  1. Town in Oregon
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,800
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$791
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    No Data
    264
  • Murder
    No Data
    5
  • Rape
    No Data
    37
  • Robbery
    No Data
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    No Data
    575
  • Theft
    No Data
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    No Data
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,478
National
$53,046
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    41%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Albany Reviews

66 reviews
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Pros: Lots of city activities and parks for families, good community resources, and most of the schools including the community college are decent, not great just decent (although most of the teachers don't live here). Downtown is trying hard to develop.
Cons: EVERYTHING else! Our mayor is an ignorant twit, our "mall" is garbage, traffic lights and railroad crossings are defunct, housing is slum or heinously overpriced, you can't get a job unless you're ok with PT/min wage/fast food even with a degree (which means you can't afford the homes at over $200k+), HUGE drug problem, the local police force/judicial system are completely corrupt, and there is absolutely nothing to do past 7pm. That's when the tweakers and hood rats roam the streets in droves. Oh, and it reeks like rotten eggs from the nearby paper plant when it's foggy or rains, which is often.
I lived in Albany and the surrounding area for 34 years, just moving away last summer. I always enjoyed living there. It's not perfect, but it is a nice, mostly middle class town. I like that it is clean, lower than average crime, and has lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is also nice that it is central to so many places; 45 minutes to Eugene, an hour from Portland, about an hour to the coast, and about an hour to the high desert. I only moved away because I finally had the opportunity to follow my dream and buy some acreage in the mountains.
Albany is an okay town depending on the area you live in. Crime isn't bad, but people don't seem to keep up their homes or yards. This apartment complex was really nice when I moved in but they raise the rent every chance they get and not just small amounts. I am moving when my lease is up, after being here 2 yrs., because of the poor management decisions and high rent. It is one thing to charge higher rent for new tenants but they don't care about their current tenants. Lots of young people with big, loud dogs. When I moved in dogs weren't allowed and now there is about 75% tenant with dogs. These units are very nice though. Nice floor plan, good sound buffering, stainless appliances, dark cabinets. Lighting is poor. Some units have granite, some have tile counters. Nice foe wood floors in kitchen and dining room. I love my apartment, the management is allowing the grounds and upkeep go by the way side unless a fit is thrown. It saddens me. I have loved it here. Rent is now way too high.