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Alameda, CA, City and Higher Education Facts

Alameda, California, is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area that covers almost all of Alameda Island. A diverse city, Alameda is home to a few schools offering primarily undergraduate programs. Find out more about the city's population, attractions and educational offerings below.

Information about Alameda

Alameda, a small city in the San Francisco Bay Area in Alameda County, has an estimated population of about 77,660 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census data. The population was 51% white in 2010 census data, but Asian residents made up about 31% of the population, while Hispanic residents accounted for 11% of the city's population. Residents are well-educated, with nearly 50% of adults over the age of 25 holding a bachelor's degree or higher.

Alameda's urban area spans two islands bound by the San Francisco and San Leandro Bays. Local attractions include Alameda Point, the Alameda Naval Air Museum and the Pacific Pinball Museum. The city is known for its Victorian houses that were built before 1930.

Transport links are excellent, and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport is within easy reach, in addition to San Francisco International Airport. The proximity to San Francisco means that Alameda residents have access to world-class museums, theater, parks and other cultural offerings.

Higher Education

Alameda has three colleges in its city limits. The College of Alameda, a two-year public community college, is the largest postsecondary educational institution in Alameda. It offers certificate and associate's degree programs in business, health professions, liberal arts and repair technologies, among others. A cosmetology school, the Avalon School of Cosmetology, and a branch of Argosy University are also located in Alameda. Argosy offers associate's, bachelor's, and doctorate degrees in business, education, psychology and public administration.

The greater Bay Area is home to some of the most well-regarded institutions of higher learning in the world, including the University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley and Stanford University in San Jose.

Economy and Employment

Based on 2012 census data, manufacturing employed about 3,000 jobs. Accommodation and food services employed about 2,500 people, while health care and social assistance employed about 2,400 people. Local businesses include Bay Ship and Yacht Company and Rock Wall Wine Company. Many residents work in other cities throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco and Oakland, where a number of multinational corporations are headquartered or maintain operations.

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