Alameda, CA
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Living in Alameda


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 78,338 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Alameda is the 108th largest community in California. Much of the housing stock in Alameda was built prior to World War II, 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 87.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Alameda is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alameda who work in management occupations (13.17%), office and administrative support (12.57%), and sales jobs (8.77%).

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.

Another interesting thing about Alameda, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about Alameda is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Alameda, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.40 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Alameda. 52.43% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Alameda in 2010 was $48,791, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $195,164 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 11.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alameda include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Alameda's cultural character, accounting for 26.11% of the city’s population.

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