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Welcome to Albany ...

The city of Albany is located in Alameda County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Albany, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was on a map dated 1956.

When the people of Albany refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Albanian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Albany has a population of 20,257 people<3> (see below for details).

Albany is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Albany lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Albany: (510)

The ZIP code for Albany: 94706<5>

Websites for Albany ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Albany had an population of 20,257 people. This is an increase of 9.27% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.19% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Albany had a population of 18,539 people. This makes Albany the county's 12th most populous community.

The population of Albany represents 0.05% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 300th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 18,539 people, the population of Albany increased 12.74% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 16,444 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Albany.

Communities Also Named Albany ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 33 communities that are also named Albany - they are located in Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Minnesota, Missouri (3), Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio (3), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island, Tennessee (2), Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Albany.

Communities near Albany ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Albany.

  • San Francisco
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Hayward
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • Concord
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concord
    • Concord is located in Contra Costa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 128,544 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Concord <6>
  • Vallejo
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
  • Daly City
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • San Leandro
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
  • San Ramon
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • Alameda
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
  • Walnut Creek
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
  • South San Francisco
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Albany. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Albany.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Albany. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Albany.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Albany. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Albany.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Albany ...

Looking for more information about Albany? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Albany, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Albany.

Adding Albany to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Albany in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Albany was on a map titled Road Map for California (from Shell Oil, 1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Albany.

The official website for Albany:

The official website for Alameda County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Alameda, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Albany refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Albany may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Albany.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Albany - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Albany). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Albany or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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