Albany

Known for its excellent schools, quaint residential streets, and bustling Solano Avenue.

Welcome to Albany

 
Known for its excellent schools, quaint residential streets, and bustling Solano Avenue that runs through its core, Albany has a lot to offer for a small town of less than 20,000 residents. Initially established as a bedroom community for commuters to San Francisco, the city has blossomed into a thriving community all its own.
 
Albany schools consistently place in the 90th percentile, producing some of the highest academic test scores in the state. (Perhaps this isn’t surprising, considering that Albany is also home to UC Berkeley’s family student housing, University Village.) Accordingly, homes here go for top dollar. You’ll find primarily 2- and 3-bedroom single-family homes, including Craftsman bungalows, Mediterranean-style residences, and charming MacGregor homes, which have touches of storybook whimsy. 
 
If you’re looking for big-box stores, head to San Pablo Avenue, but most residents do their shopping on Solano Avenue, which is dotted with gourmet and specialty grocers, florists, boutiques, jewelers, antique shops, cafes and restaurants. Every year people from all over the Bay Area descend on this beloved Main Street for the Solano Stroll, an annual street fair (and people-watching extravaganza) that runs more than 25 blocks. 
 
Albany’s city limits extend to the waterfront, where you’ll find an unlikely — and fiercely contested — bit of wildness, the Albany Bulb. A former landfill turned park and art installation, the Bulb is a popular destination for dog walkers, hikers, and the adventurous, with spectacular views of the bay. Adjacent to Golden Gate Fields, it also connects to the Bay Trail, which you can walk or bike to access the Richmond Marina, the tip of Emeryville, and beyond. 
 
Sharing borders with Berkeley, Richmond, and El Cerrito, Albany is close to major freeways as well as to BART and other public transportation. Oakland is about 15 minutes away and San Francisco can be as close as 20 minutes in light traffic.
 

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Schools in Albany, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Albany. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Bright Star Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Cornell Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
St Mary's College High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
MacGregor High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
Tilden Preparatory School
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Ocean View Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

Demographics and Employment Data for Albany, CA

Albany has 8,129 households, with an average household size of 2.62. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Albany do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,404 people call Albany home. The population density is 14,565.95 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

21,404

Total Population

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

36.5

Median Age

49.02 / 50.98%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
8,129

Total Households

2.62

Average Household Size

$53,546

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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