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 19,696 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Albany is the 321st largest community in California. Albany has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
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 94.25% 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 teaching (14.79%), management occupations (13.88%), and business and financial occupations (8.32%).
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.
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.
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.
A relatively large number of people in Albany telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.35% 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 32.93 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.
Despite being a small city, Albany has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Albany is a pretty powerful place. 72.89% of the adults in Albany have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Albany in 2018 was $50,089, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,356 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 15.01% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Albany include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.
Albany also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.73%.
The most common language spoken in Albany is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.