People often associate the name of this city with the United States Coast Guard, and indeed, Coast Guard Island is located between Alameda Island and the City of Oakland. It is home to the Integrated Support Command Alameda. The median age of Alameda residents is 40 and the median household income is $74,606. The city's economic development department encourages businesses to locate here, citing both public demand and the availability of an educated workforce. As is the case in much of California, the cost of real estate is high, but residents feel that the amenities, including the mild year-round temperatures, help compensate for pricey mortgages.
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Alameda, California, has been named by Money Magazine one of the 'best places to live' in the country. Although the population is listed at 73,812, this northern California city has a comfortable, friendly, small-town feel. Although the lot sizes are generally small here, houses can be quite charming in neighborhoods that offer quiet, tree-lined streets, some with parks.SHOW MORE