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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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.

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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Alameda, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.83 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.

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.

Alameda also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.21%.

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