Introduction to Albany, California

Albany, California, in Alameda county, is 1 mile NW of Berkeley, California and 5 miles N of Oakland, California. The city is considered part of the Oakland metropolitan area. Albany has a population of 16,444.

Albany History

In 1908, a group of local women objected the dumping of Berkeley garbage in their community. They confronted the drivers of the wagon near what is now the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street. The local women told the drivers of the horse drawn garbage wagons to go home, which they did quickly and without objection. The inhabitants of the town voted to incorporate as the City of Ocean View, shortly thereafter. In 1909, voters changed the name of the city, mainly to differentiate the city from the adjacent section of Berkeley which had previously been named Ocean View. On a vote of 38 to 6, the city was renamed in honor of Albany, New York.

Albany and nearby Attractions

  • Terrace Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Ocean View Park
  • Opal Staniek Tot Lot
  • Ohlone Greenway
  • Albany Hill

Things To Do In Albany

The Albany community center is the focal point of various recreation activities in the city. It hosts numerous events, parties, receptions and meetings. The city has many parks which are great places to hang out with friends and family members during leisure time. There are also many good restaurants and cafes in the city.

Albany Transportation

Air Transportation is available from Metropolitan Oakland International airport.

Albany Higher Education

University Of California-Berkeley serves the city.


Total Population 19,249
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 9,011
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 58.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 74.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $90,680
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.2%
% Using Public Transportation 24.2%


People Living Alone 23.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,627
Median House Value $675,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52%
US/American 0.2%
English 7.8%
Irish 8.3%

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

Albany Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NW of Berkeley, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles N of Oakland, California
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94706, 94710
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.886
Longitude -122.296

Albany Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 64 F
Jul Temp 55 to 70 F
Oct Temp 54 to 70 F
Annual Precip 25.4 inches
Distance 6.2 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 10.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkeley 117,384 $118,190
El Cerrito 24,418 $105,345
Emeryville 10,830 $93,134
Piedmont 11,099 $234,250
Richmond 107,597 $59,624
San Pablo 29,777 $47,871

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

Albany High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,075 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

A Non-traditional School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

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