Albany, CA
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Albany is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 20,143 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Albany is the 321st largest community in California. Albany has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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

Albany is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Albany is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Albany who work in management occupations (14.01%), teaching (13.75%), and the sciences (7.62%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Albany has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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

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

A relatively large number of people in Albany telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.20% 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.

Albany, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Albany 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 Albany, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.88 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Albany is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Albany, 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 Albany. 71.86% 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 Albany in 2010 was $45,117, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $180,468 for a family of four. However, Albany contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Albany is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Albany home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Albany residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Albany also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.95% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Albany include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Albany's cultural character, accounting for 31.98% of the city’s population.

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