Introduction to Alameda, California

The city of Alameda is situated in Alameda County, California, and is adjacent to the city of Oakland (less than 5 miles to the north). The name of the city was chosen by a popular vote conducted in 1853, and is Spanish for "grove of poplar trees". In 1916 Alameda became a "charter city", meaning that it is governed in accordance with its own city charter, as opposed to a "general law" city, which is governed principally by the laws of the state of California.

Alameda became an important shipping port in 1902 when excavation was done to create a tidal canal joining San Leandro Bay with the harbor of Oakland. World War II saw the establishment of the Naval Air Station Alameda, a sizable naval facility containing a large airfield and docks capable of accommodating several aircraft carriers. Although the Air Station closed in 1997, a massive hangar located there has in recent years been used to film special Computer-Generated Imagery scenes for several movies, including Bicentennial Man, Flubber, and Mission: Impossible II.

Things to do in the Alameda area

Alameda's proximity to the Bay affords spectators many beautiful views of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. One of the more recent Alameda attractions is the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, now moored at the former Naval Air Station. The Hornet was used in World War II to launch a squadron of B-25s in the Tokyo raid conducted by General James Doolittle, an Alameda native.

Other Alameda attractions include: the Alameda Civic Light Opera, featuring Broadway-style musical productions; "Art In the Park", an annual event held in late summer which features art, poetry, music, and food; "Shining Stars In The Arts", held in May and honoring Alameda community members who have contributed to the city's art.

Many popular attractions can be found in nearby Oakland. These include: the Oakland Zoo, the Oakland California Temple, Preservation Park, Chabot Space and Science Center, the Christensen Heller Gallery, and the Alice Arts Center.

The city of San Francisco is a short 16-mile drive northwest on Interstate 880 and then west on I-80 across the Bay Bridge. Attractions abound in this city, including (to name just a few):

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • Alcatraz
  • Chinatown
  • Cable Car Museum

Sports fans can choose from a wide selection of Bay Area teams, including:

  • NFL Football: Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49'ers
  • Arena Football League (AFL): San Jose SaberCats
  • Major League Baseball: Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants
  • Minor League Baseball: San Jose Giants (Single-A SF Giants farm team)
  • NBA Basketball: Golden State Warriors
  • NHL Hockey: San Jose Sharks
  • Major League Soccer (MLS): San Jose Earthquakes
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): San Francisco Dragons


Total Population 76,733
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 38,787
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.6%
Median Earnings25+ $51,171
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,640
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,077


Median Family Income $96,889
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 17%


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,407
Median House Value $639,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 7.2%
Irish 9.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alameda Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 3 miles SE of Oakland, California
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94501, 94502
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.765
Longitude -122.24

Alameda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 73 F
Oct Temp 55 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 53 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkeley 117,384 $118,190
Emeryville 10,830 $93,134
Moraga 16,787 $169,028
Oakland 408,073 $61,210
Piedmont 11,099 $234,250
San Leandro 88,329 $75,493

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alameda Public Libraries

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Alameda Hospitals

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(510) 522-3700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 11

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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