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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  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
    B
Alameda County is located in California with a population of 1,629,615. 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
1,629,615

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$649,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,547
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

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    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
$85,743
National
$55,322

Alameda County Reviews

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I have lived in Alameda County for 20 years! I have seen a lot of progress as far as diversity, local resources, and diverse options for eating. I really appreciate the beautiful places in Alameda County such as Redwood Regional Park, Lake Merritt, the various farmer's markets.
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Alameda has a lot of diverse people and close by necessities! There's schools, hospitals, malls, freeways, and many more near here! There's a lot of traffic for being so popular but overall it's welcoming and safe.
Alameda county is like no other county I've ever lived in. Currently its going through changes specifically in the city of Oakland. Prices for housing are going up, and people from there who can't afford the cost of living are left with no choice but to move out an relocate further away from the bay area or in some cases another state completely. Homelessness is a really big issue within the county. However there are bright sides to this county such as it being so diverse, that being said there is always something to do here whether its family friendly or your looking for something more geared towards the nightlife. No matter the activity your looking for 9/10 you can find it in Alameda County. Alameda County when it comes to schooling I find to be ahead of the pack nationally and that's just because California is one of the top if not the best state to be in when it comes to education. I could go on about it but none the less Alameda county is amazing.