Population: 77,409Median home value: $677,000 75 Ranks better than 89% of areas
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A+ Alameda Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Alameda Cost of Living Cost of living is 28% higher than California
17777% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Alameda cost of living
C- Alameda Crime Total crime is 11% higher than California
Total crime
3,26019% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3119% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
30%Year over year crime is up
Alameda crime
B Alameda Employment Household income is 30% higher than California
Median household income
$83,04850% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$45,59053% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Alameda employment
B- Alameda Housing Home value is 65% higher than California
Median home value
$677,000267% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,47856% higher than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Alameda real estate or Alameda rentals
B+ Alameda Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than California
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
59%21% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:113% higher than the US average
Alameda K-12 schools or Alameda colleges

Living in Alameda, CA

Alameda, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 77,409 people. With a population density of 7,413 people per square mile, Alameda is well above the nation's average density level. Individuals of White (49%) and Asian (31%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Alameda. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 76% of the population considered married and 55% with kids under the age of 18, Alameda could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Alameda, California. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Alameda and in the areas around Alameda is a much easier task.

Alameda has a livability score of 77 out of 100 and is ranked #132 in California and #3,185 in the USA. This is a great score, as Alameda ranks well in multiple categories! If we examine each of the categories on their own, we see that Alameda ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (B+), education (B+), employment (B) and housing (B-). Alameda does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Alameda has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: USS Hornet, Great White Adventures, and Pacific Pinball Museum.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Alameda has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Alameda. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Alameda are affordable. The median home price for Alameda homes is $677,000, which is 65.4% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Alameda, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 8.2, which is 28.1% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Alameda area were 2.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Alameda, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Alameda, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland825.12,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland8275,996
Montclair, Oakland816.64,011
Forestland, Oakland807.71,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland8071,863
Ardenwood, Fremont8016.716,634
Merriwood, Oakland807.83,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland797.11,473

Best Cities Near Alameda, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8921.3228
Los Altos, CA8627.330,238
Lafayette, CA8512.825,381
Mill Valley, CA8519.214,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8413.911,312
Los Gatos, CA843930,491
Cupertino, CA8431.560,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA84176,190

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From a beautiful golf course to a indoor mini golf course miniature of the Bay Area, to bowling alley, and two antique arcades. The best little shopping area in SF Bay. Great restaurants and street fairs, mom and pop stores. Target, I hate to admit, I hate it, but I go. The only beach from San Jose to San Francisco on the East Bay to Silicon Valley. More parks than any town in the SF Bay.
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VIP red carpet speed for Alameda carpetbaggers!

When I first visited Alameda with my future husband, a native, I thought it so charming I could not understand his reticence. We later bought a historic home and the hell began with the City. The politics are so tight...there is essentially a closed circle of names that revolves through the council and mayor's seat. Their agenda is generating more tax revenues, period, at any cost, no matter how it impacts you and especially your property if you are an owner. They have a "punisher" approach that will position you in the wrong no matter what, and they are skilled at it. When they want to ram a new piece of commerciality into town, they will employ scheduled dirty tricks. For example, if a matter is going to City Council, you may be referred to an individual at Public Works as a step in process, only to find the person is on vacation past the City Council meeting...which they obviously knew. At the City Council meeting, their shill will declare that property values may not be invoked as a basis of protest. You may even find, as I did in ultimately successfully protesting an invasive measure, that remarks at the meeting are not entered into public record. I am a note-taker and the official record was full of omissions. PLEASE NOTE: Carpetbaggers have a red carpet into Alameda. Make that a high speed red carpet.If you are considering establishing a business here, you should seek out and talk to other local businesses about their experiences. Many have experienced treachery and vengeance that has engendered deep ill-will comparable to what I experienced as a home-owner, only more costly to them as to their business profits. Again, dirty tricks abound in this burgh.But remember, they are small time. You know who I am talking about.
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Alameda, CA - A Treasure Of A Vacation Spot

Several months ago, we visited Alameda for a weekend getaway. Anyone who seeks an ocean theme for a vacation would surely enjoy this delightful city. There are plenty of oceanfront or riverfront views since the city of Alameda is located on an island-like stretch of land.

During our stay in Alameda stayed at the Coral Reef Inn & Suites, located on the west side facing the ocean. The views were spectacular; we were first put in a room facing opposite the ocean, but the friendly hotel staff moved us upon request to an ocean-view room. The USS Hornet is an interesting sight to see; located at the Naval Complex, it is accompanied with a historic military museum.

During our stay, we enjoyed eating at East Ocean Seafood Restaurant so much the first night, we returned to eat there the second night also. Featuring Chinese food made fresh and seasoned to perfection, this is one of the few places to find true fresh Dim Sum. For dessert we visited Tucker's Super Creamed Ice-Cream. To this day I still have not tasted better ice-cream. Overall the city of Alameda was an excellent place to visit and enjoy the relaxing warm sun and cool ocean breeze.
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Source: The Alameda, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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