Albany is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northwestern Alameda County, California. Take a look below for 20 interesting and amazing facts about Albany, California, United States.
1. The population was 20,271 at the 2020 census.
2. In 1908, a group of local women protested the dumping of Berkeley garbage in their community. Armed with two shotguns and a twenty-two-caliber rifle, they confronted the drivers of the wagons near what is now the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street.
3. The women told the drivers of the horse-drawn garbage wagons to go home, which they did quickly and without complaint.
4. Shortly thereafter, the residents of the town voted to incorporate as the City of Ocean View.
5. In 1909, voters changed the name of the city, primarily to distinguish the city from the adjacent section of Berkeley which had previously been named Ocean View.
6. On a vote of 38 to 6 the city was renamed in honor of Albany, New York, the birthplace of the city’s first mayor, Frank Roberts.
7. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) (67.28%) is water.
8. The principal shopping street in Albany is Solano Avenue, which cuts across the city from west to east. Another important street is San Pablo Avenue, which travels from north to south.
9. Albany is located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County cities of El Cerrito and Richmond to the north.
10. Albany’s northern and southern borders are defined by two creeks, Codornices Creek on the south and Cerrito Creek on the north.
11. Cerrito Creek takes its name from “El Cerrito de San Antonio”, now known as Albany Hill.
12. The hill’s unusual location near the bay shore makes it a prominent landmark in the East Bay.
13. The rest of the city is relatively flat by Bay Area standards, except for a small area near the base of the Berkeley Hills.
14. Albany’s waterfront has undergone significant man-made changes; the most prominent landform is now the Albany Bulb, a former garbage landfill jutting out into San Francisco Bay.
15. The bulb was the site of a small art colony and shanty town until it was cleared to turn the area into part of the new Eastshore State Park.
16. University Village, a housing unit of the University of California Berkeley, is located in Albany.
17. The Solano Avenue Stroll, an annual street festival held on Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley, attracts more than 250,000 visitors on the second Sunday of September. The event was started in 1975 by The Iris store owner and Solano Avenue Association founder Ira Klein as a “thank you party” from Solano Avenue business owners to customers.
18. The Library of Congress designated the Solano Stroll as a “National Local Legacy” in 2001.
19. Albany provides both the locale and the title for one of the best-known poems in language poetry, by former long-time Albany resident, poet Ron Silliman.
20. Albany is home to Golden Gate Fields, the only commercial racetrack in the Bay Area, as well as the Eastshore State Park which skirts the San Francisco Bay, and the Albany Bulb.