According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Albany has an overall cost of living index of 185 which is 1.9x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only California, Albany has a cost of living index that's 1.3x higher than California's index of 140.
The standard of living in Albany ranks as #6,248 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Albany ranks as the #171 most expensive place in the Golden State.
|Living Expense||Albany||California||National Average|
Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Albany|
|Mountain View, CA||80,104||220||1.2x|
|South San Francisco, CA||66,878||182||1.0x|
|San Bruno, CA||44,663||184||1.0x|
|San Pablo, CA||30,959||126||0.7x|
|San Lorenzo, CA||30,117||151||0.8x|
|El Cerrito, CA||25,280||177||1.0x|