Alameda, CA
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Alameda is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 78,630 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Alameda is the 108th largest community in California. Alameda has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Alameda home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Alameda real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Alameda is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Alameda is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alameda who work in office and administrative support (14.59%), management occupations (13.78%), and sales jobs (9.11%).

Also of interest is that Alameda has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Alameda is also a city of artists. Alameda has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Alameda’s character.

Alameda is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Alameda, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.80 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Alameda is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Alameda area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Alameda are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.20% of adults in Alameda have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Alameda in 2010 was $42,331, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $169,324 for a family of four. However, Alameda contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Alameda is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Alameda home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alameda residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Alameda also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alameda include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Alameda also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.71%.

The most common language spoken in Alameda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.