6.0 out of 10


Ranked 79th best city in California
37.7591738522209 -122.266014898261
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Pest Free
  • Clean & Green
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5

"Overpopulation at work"

I have lived in Alameda for many years, and while the city does have its fair share of good qualities (nice beaches/parks, proximity to SF, safety, etc.) it gets more crowded every single year, and this is not a good thing. If you don't believe me, try visiting Alameda Towne Centre (formerly South Shore) on a Saturday and good luck finding a parking spot. Crowded to the brim. This is a very family-focused town (overly so) and not the ideal place for singles or childfree couples. Kids roam around EVERYWHERE. I have nothing against children, only against their clueless parents who let their kids run amok everywhere they go. So if this bothers you, as it does a good number of people, consider SF instead, if you can afford it, or some other place where the "family friendly" attitude is not crammed down your throat every time you leave your house. Good luck.

Best Neighborhoods in Alameda


Gold Coast

"Alameda's best, bar none."
37.7678997436515 -122.264034687205


"Hard to beat, especially for families."
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"Cool Bayside Living"
37.7595207636736 -122.254307834039

West End

"Come to the West Side...We Have Cookies :)"
37.778227703436 -122.281357302144

East End

"Alameda's Best Overall Value"
37.755659477272 -122.238225243044

Bronze Coast

"Good Hospital, Good High School, and Nightlife to Boot"
37.7634923715291 -122.253290336172

Harbor Bay

"Traditional Upper Middle-Class Aesthetics"
37.7405977699914 -122.244026400553
"A Motley Marina Neighborhood"
37.7839345414862 -122.270839995082
"Bungalows, Boats and Beer"
37.7712097627862 -122.248889107951

Bay Farm

"A great place for families looking for outdoor opportunities."
37.7329018385587 -122.243572639235

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