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Overview

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

Demographics

People

Total Population78,246
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+40,199
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married50.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.7%
Median Earnings25+$54,687
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,428
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,583

Wealth

Median Family Income$111,025
% Above Poverty Level90.8%
% Below Poverty Level9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation17.8%

Housing

People Living Alone27.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,607
Median House Value$729,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.3%
German9%
Irish8.2%
English7.3%
Italian4.5%
Scottish2.2%
French Except Basque1.9%
Polish1.8%
Swedish1.3%
Norwegian1.3%
Portuguese1.1%
Dutch1.1%
African1%
Arab1%
Russian0.9%
Afghan)0.9%
Danishn0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Greek0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
US/American0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Alameda Almanac

CategoryValue
County Alameda County
Standard Zip Codes94501, 94502
Phone Area Codes510
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.77
Approximate Longitude-122.27

Alameda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 66 F
Jul Temp57 to 73 F
Oct Temp55 to 72 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches
StationUPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp54 to 75 F
Oct Temp52 to 73 F
Annual Precip26.3 inches
StationRICHMOND
Distance12.4 miles
Jan Temp43 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 66 F
Jul Temp55 to 71 F
Oct Temp53 to 72 F
Annual Precip23.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berkeley120,179$128,630
Emeryville11,524$107,245
Moraga17,231$172,719
Oakland417,442$70,907
Piedmont11,296$220,441
San Leandro89,910$79,186

Alameda Public Libraries

Alameda Free Library
1550 OAK ST
Alameda, California
(510) 747-7747

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Alameda Hospitals

Telecare Willow Rock Center
(Proprietary)
2050 Fairmont Drive
Alameda Hospital-south Shore Convalescent Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
625 Willow Street
Alameda Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
2070 Clinton
Alameda Hospital At Waters Edge
(Government - District/authority)
2401 Blanding Avenue

Alameda Public Schools

Alameda Community Learning Center
1900 Third St
ZIP: 94501
Other
Total Enrollment 376
Alameda High
2201 Encinal Ave.
ZIP: 94501
High
Total Enrollment 1746
Alameda Science And Technology Institute
555 Atlantic Ave.
ZIP: 94501
High
Total Enrollment 170
Donald D. Lum Elementary
1801 Sandcreek Way
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
East Bay Regional Occupation Center/agency (roc/p)
1900 Third St., Rm. 23
ZIP: 94501
High
Edison Elementary
2700 Buena Vista Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Encinal High
210 Central Ave.
ZIP: 94501
High
Total Enrollment 1052
Encinal Junior Jets
210 Central Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Middle
Total Enrollment 229
Frank Otis Elementary
3010 Fillmore St.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
Franklin Elementary
1433 San Antonio Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Henry Haight Elementary
2025 Santa Clara Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Island High (continuation)
1900 Third St.
ZIP: 94501
High
Total Enrollment 144
Lincoln Middle
1250 Fernside Blvd.
ZIP: 94501
Middle
Total Enrollment 900
Maya Lin
825 Taylor St.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Nea Community Learning Center
1900 Third St
ZIP: 94501
Other
Total Enrollment 476
Ruby Bridges Elementary
351 Jack London Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
The Academy Of Alameda
401 Pacific Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Middle
Total Enrollment 508
Will C. Wood Middle
420 Grand St.
ZIP: 94501
Middle
Total Enrollment 439
William G. Paden Elementary
444 Central Ave.
ZIP: 94501
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Amelia Earhart Elementary
400 Packet Landing Rd.
ZIP: 94502
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Bay Farm
200 Aughinbaugh Way
ZIP: 94502
Primary
Total Enrollment 572

Alameda Private Schools

Alameda Christian School
2226 Pacific Ave
ZIP: 94501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Bayside Montessori Association
1523 Willow St
ZIP: 94501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Children's Learning Center
1910 Central Ave
ZIP: 94501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 81
Rising Star Montessori
1421 High St
ZIP: 94501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
St Joseph Elementary School
1910 San Antonio Ave
ZIP: 94501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 263
St Joseph Notre Dame High School
1011 Chestnut St
ZIP: 94501
Secondary
Total Enrollment 408
St Philip Neri School
1335 High St
ZIP: 94501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 271
The Child Unique Montessori School
2226 Encinal Ave
ZIP: 94501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
Bright Horizons At Garner Learning Center
2275 N Loop Rd
ZIP: 94502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Chinese American Schools - Alameda
1501 Harbor Bay Pkwy Ste 200
ZIP: 94502
Secondary
Total Enrollment 24
Chinese Christian Schools - Alameda
1801 N Loop Rd
ZIP: 94502
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 385
Kindercare Learning Center #1335
2155 N Loop Rd
ZIP: 94502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Peter Pan Academy
3171 Mecartney Rd
ZIP: 94502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
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