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 19,908 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 93.66% 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 (14.47%), teaching (14.46%), and the sciences (7.49%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.23% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Albany, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.11 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.

Even though Albany is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Albany is a pretty powerful place. 74.41% 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 2010 was $46,539, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $186,156 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 12.67% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Albany include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

Albany also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 32.32%.

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