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 77,624 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 88.04% 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 (14.07%), office and administrative support (12.09%), and sales jobs (8.52%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Alameda telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.26% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing that you will notice about Alameda is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Alameda a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

One downside of living in Alameda is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Alameda, the average commute to work is 33.83 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Alameda’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Alameda use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Alameda‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Alameda, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Alameda is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.69% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Alameda in 2018 was $52,448, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $209,792 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 12.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alameda include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Alameda's cultural character, accounting for 25.21% of the city’s population.

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