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 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 87.50% 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 management occupations (14.54%), office and administrative support (13.55%), and sales jobs (8.91%).

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.

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 31.40 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Alameda is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Alameda, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Alameda. 50.64% 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 $44,616, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,464 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 11.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alameda include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Alameda's cultural character, accounting for 26.67% of the city’s population.

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