Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 10, 2014

And the livability is easy

Filed under: Alameda, Warm Fuzzies — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Something light to end the week, a few weeks ago (you might have seen a link on your Facebook page), through a complex system of data crunching, ranked Alameda as the 45th most livable city in the United States.  The highest ranking California city is Palo Alto which comes in at #5 for obvious reasons.

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Hey look at that a “well-regarded health system” I’m sure some people would disagree vehemently with that, but I find it amusing that of all the things that is what Alameda’s awesomeness wraps up with.

Anyway, according to the rankings: Alameda and a bunch of other cities scored 632 cumulatively, which then begs the question why they weren’t all ranked the same number since they technically received the same score.  Like why with Tempe, Arizona and Portland, Maine end up at 43 and 44 respectively when they both earned the same score as Alameda.   It’s pretty confusing.  Anyway, bright side, still 45th.

Alameda’s highest ranking comes from its score on Education.  The lowest score was on Economy.   The Economy score looked at, from the ranking:

Our core principles for the Index include affordability and accessibility, so we examined income inequality using the Gini index as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau. If a city had high inequality, one could argue that means more diversity, which is a plus, but it also means that the area is likely failing to provide economic opportunities for its residents. We also looked at income growth forecasts from Esri, employment and the amount residents spend on food.



  1. What is funny is I lived in a lot of these, my grandparents are from a town just out side of Missoula, My brother lived in Bolder, I spent many a night in Berkley, I lived in Bellevue, worked in San Mateo, Eugene my best friend lived there and so I spent time, I dated a person in Pasadena (met Cindy Crawford there), I also dated someone in Santa Monica, And someone in San Rafael, I love South Beach, I lived in Renton, went to college in Ashland, and I lived or had relationships with most of the other cities listed here on the West coast…but if I had to pick the most livability…it would be Boise or Ashland.

    Comment by Jake — October 10, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  2. I lived and worked in 7 of these cities. I love Asheville, NC (closest place to heaven on earth), Durham and Greensboro NC, (both charming and great people) Alexandria, VA (good location, near lots of action and accessible to so much). I really draw the line at Denton, TX. Went to grad school there, and Houston, getting a good education but and I never would go back as it was really stereotypically “the South”. Maybe time has changed it. I can add that Knoxville was not too great to live in either. Unless time changed that too.

    Comment by Elaine — October 10, 2014 @ 11:11 am

  3. the area I have lived in is much more narrower in scope. 313 Taylor ave. then about 3 or 4 years at 749 Taylor ave. and then back to 313 Taylor for another 55 years. Overall I like 313 Taylor the best, and Alameda is by far my favorite. Because I have never had the good fortune to live anywhere else. I guess I’ll pick Alameda for livability.,

    Comment by John P. — October 10, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

  4. If you’ve lived your whole life in Alameda and never experienced the cold of the midwest or the heat of the south, I believe it’s next to impossible to truly appreciate even the weather in Alameda.

    The weather is just the first of many reasons to love living here.

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 10, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

  5. Elaine, I lived in Biloxi…which was crazy. You didn’t go into the Black side of town at night and they didn’t go into the White side of town. Biloxi and Montgomery Alabama was my taste of the South and if I never go back I am okay. My girlfriend at the time wanted to be princess Di and when I moved to Washington she had her bags packed and I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. About a year later the Air Force sent me back for a school and I went back to my Southern Baptist church and was sort of shunned because I didn’t marry Penny.

    Comment by Jake — October 10, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

  6. And the leaving is easy

    Interesting trip we took to Vancouver BC couple weeks ago. We stayed in the Listel Hotel on Robson St in Vancouver for a couple nights then boarded the Island Princess for the trip back to SF. The Listel is a small boutique hotel whith a restaurant attached with the name of ‘forage’. It would be interesting to read a review of forage written by Denise because of what happened while we were eating dinner and what happened later on the ship

    First time we had eaten at ‘forage’ and weren’t ready for the result. Not because of the food …it was the people.

    We were into our main course (mine, pork jowl bacon fettuccine carbonara, 64° egg, aged dry cheddar and the wife some kind of salad) when I started a conversation with a diner at the table next to me. I had noticed what was on his plate and that he had sent it back to the kitchen so I asked what it was and why he sent it back. Turned out it was Elk strip loin and he sent it back because it was too rare.

    We chit-chatted a bit and he mentioned that he and his wife live in Walnut Creek as did the other couple at their table. I mentioned we live in Alameda and wham…two minutes later we had people lined up on both sides of our table jabbering about Alameda (the place was jam packed with Bay Area people waiting to cruise back to SF).Turns out every one of them we talked to had lived in Alameda but had moved away fifteen to thirty years ago. They all HAD fond memories of living here but decided to get out and never regretted the departure.

    Next three days on the trip back to SF on the ship the same experience was repeated at the breakfast, lunch and dinner table with none of the same people. Many, many had either lived in Alameda or had family that had lived and had left Alameda. We did not meet one person who currently lives in Alameda. Apparently the leaving is easy, at least for the senior set.

    So Denise, next time you’re in Vancouver BC drop in and forage at the ‘forage’ then write a review, it won’t be just for Alamedarians but for the whole Bay Area.

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 11, 2014 @ 10:54 am

  7. 4

    Yes, yes, yes. The weather here is as good as it gets. I served a 30+ year sentence in hellish Deep South and Midwest summers & I aint going back. There’s a reason it’s so much cheaper to live back there.

    Comment by dave — October 12, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

  8. I missed the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Shoreline Bikeway Project this week-end, but soon Alameda will also be known for its bikeways and nature trails. We’ve got so much to look forward to as it relates to parks and open space. The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, the Cross Alameda Trails, the Estuary Park, and the bikeway projects that will allow us to enjoy Alameda’s beaches and parks even more!

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 13, 2014 @ 11:25 am

  9. 6. Jack, I may make it up there eventually. We have friends in North Vancouver.

    Every place has it’s vices and virtues. In the end, it comes down to what matters most to you, what you can afford, and what your partner in life wants to do (if leaving them is a deal breaker that is!). Once you make your choice, you convince yourself that the downside isn’t important.

    Recently, I have been reconnecting with old friends from my school days in helping to plan a multi-class high school reunion. We’ve been sharing our stories and I just came back from visiting my hometown of New Paltz, NY, this weekend. so I have been thinking about this subject a lot, lately.

    In New Paltz, like Alameda, there have been hometown kids who couldn’t wait to leave who eventually came back after 30 years, and folks who never left who now, in their fifties and sixties, can’t wait to hightail it to Florida or Arizona. Then there are those who left and now long to come back but can’t afford to because the sale of their house in the lower cost region won’t buy them a shack in the old home town.

    Both Alameda and New Paltz are highly desirable places to live. Both have made national lists of good places to live based on various criteria. Both are close to world-class big cities and outdoor paradises without the burdens that come with living full-time in either. I feel enormously blessed to have been a resident of both places. Ideally, I would like to have homes in both. Practically speaking though, for my husband and myself, Alameda is best at this stage of our lives for a full time residence but it sure is great to visit my sister back home and take advantage of the sights and experiences only the Hudson Valley can offer. In three days, I hiked the Mohonk Trust, the Walkway Across the Hudson, the Wallkilll Rail Trail, visited the old covered bridge in Rifton, dined at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park and the Poughkeepsie Ice House and still had ample time to take photos and visit with my family. The autumn leaves were spectacular. You should all check it out sometime, but talk to me first. It pays to know the local hacks.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 15, 2014 @ 8:04 am

  10. Wink, wink.–signed The Local Hack

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 15, 2014 @ 8:07 am

  11. Our kids are adults so the amenities like walkable schools, parks and activities like Little League are less of an asset, but why would we suddenly prefer Walnut Creek? we wouldn’t and never will. Contra Costa is too hot in the summer for starters. My wife meets a friend from Orinda to walk at Lafayette reservoir, but I prefer Redwood or Tilden. Shopping…..whatever. Can you sail in Walnut Creek? I guess the Delta is close by, ya-hoo! To each their own. For me, too many Republicans on that side of the tunnel.

    Comment by MI — October 15, 2014 @ 9:12 am

  12. My wife is a Bay area native & has been in Alameda for almost 25 years. I lived on the east coast when we met, and discovered the charm of this city in my visits here. When my job was moved here, I told the relo company that I wanted to look in the East Bay and specifically Alameda. I was assured that since I was “willing to live somewhere others wouldn’t go,” I’d have “no problem” finding a place to live. I don’t think they tell people that anymore…

    Comment by Alison — October 16, 2014 @ 1:17 am

  13. Alison, when my husband and I moved to Alameda in 1986, we were told not to consider living anywhere West of Grand. Too dangerous. Times indeed change!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 17, 2014 @ 8:19 am

  14. Denise, #14, yeah I think someone found out that I lived down here back then.

    Comment by John P. — October 17, 2014 @ 9:44 am

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