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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Housing
    C-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    A+
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  11. Commute
    B
Alameda County is located in California with a population of 1,643,700. Alameda County is one of the best places to live in California. In Alameda County, most residents own their homes. In Alameda County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Alameda County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Alameda County are highly rated.
Population
1,643,700

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$707,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,674
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Alameda County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    241.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    286.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    418.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,671.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    753.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Alameda County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$92,574
National
$55,322

Alameda County Reviews

53 reviews
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I have grown up in Alameda and go to school in Oakland. This is my home and I am very grateful to have lived here for the last 18 years. Although it is an extremely expensive place to live, it is filled with a diverse community of people and countless activities for all interests. We are said to be in a "liberal bubble" with most of the residents having progressive viewpoints surrounding governmental policy, diversity, gender equality, etc.
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Alameda County has nearly everything anyone could ask for. It has many towns that are great to live in, countless great schools, and activities of all kind. As a student living in Livermore, I've attended a few of these schools and enjoyed countless places throughout Alameda County. I feel that families thrive in Alameda County because of how accommodating it is. If I had two chose where I would live when I grow up, it would be here, in Alameda County.
Alameda County is a nice place to live! Especially after this coronavirus situation I really admire our leaders and essential workers.