Albion is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 168 people and just one neighborhood, Albion is the 758th largest community in California. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Albion, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Albion, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Albion’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Albion are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Albion is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Albion is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Albion who work in sales jobs (23.89%), community and social services (14.16%) and farm management occupations (12.39%).
You will also find that a lot of people in Albion work in agricultural jobs - much more than in the average community in America. This will be quite apparent if you drive around town, as much of the landscape is dedicated to farms.
Also of interest is that Albion has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 15.93% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Albion is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Albion to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Overall, Albion’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
Albion 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.
Being a small town, Albion does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.