Albany

28 reviews
  1. Suburb of San Francisco, CA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Suburb of
San Francisco

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$639,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,617
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    21
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    16
    37
  • Robbery
    124
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    543
    575
  • Theft
    1,649
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    279
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$78,769
National
$53,046
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Reviews

28 reviews
  • Excellent
    4
  • Very Good
    12
  • Average
    9
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    3
Albany is a great area just north of Berkeley, CA. It is close enough to the UC and freeways to be easily accessible by car and public transportation, but still has a quiet neighborhood feeling.
  • Current Resident
  • 9 days ago
Because our city is filled with families, good schools, and good individually owned restaurants and stores people constantly do everything to make it better. My city is very community oriented and educationally focused. Our schools are in the top 100 best school systems in California, We have housing for the UC Berkeley Students, so the housing community has many fairs and gatherings for everyone. And every year we close off our main street that is a few miles long (connects Albany and Berkeley) and we have one giant community street fair that people from all over the bay area come to.
  • Niche User
  • July 24 2014
Very difficult to find affordable places to eat other than chain restaurants like McDonalds, etc.

(which we don't like)

Lots of places to get pizza but they are expensive (other than Domino's).

Great Indian restaurant called Cafe Raj.

Terrible (famous) restaurant called Chez Panisse - just had another bad meal there two nights ago and they are incredibly expensive. Used to be a wonderful restaurant, now it's awful.
  • Niche User
  • Feb 20 2015