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A Guide to Alamo, CA

A look at the City, Neighborhoods, Schools & More


Welcome to Alamo. CA

Alamo is an affluent community on the north side of San Ramon Valley in The San Francisco East Bay – roughly 28 miles east of downtown San Francisco. Alamo has excellent schools that fall under the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Using as the barometer, both elementary schools are a 9/10, the middle school is a 10/10, as is the high school.

With a population of around 16,078 (as of 2021), Alamo is home to a number of notable residents, many from San Francisco Bay Area sports teams. The community offers a charming, small-town feel while still being close to San Francisco, keeping commute times reasonable. As of 2021, Alamo is a seller's market with more people looking to buy than there are available homes. The median list price for homes for sale in Alamo CA is around 2 million.  



Alamo (from the Spanish álamo, “poplar”) was named for the poplar trees that lined San Ramon Creek. An unincorporated community,  Alamo does not currently have a government of its own. Police services are provided by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. Fire and EMS services are provided by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.


Like the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, Alamo has a Mediterranean climate.  On average, Alamo gets under 30 inches of rain per year and no snowfall. There are around 262 sunny days per year with July highs around 82 degrees and January lows around 35. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is 54 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.


As of January 2021, the typical home value of homes in Alamo is $2,138,724, which is seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of homes. Alamo home values have gone up 12.8% over the past year. The median list price of homes in Alamo (as of January 2021), was $2M, trending up 3.5% year-over-year. The median listing price per square foot was $618. The median sale price for residential real estate in Alamo, CA was $2M.

Schools and Education

Alamo has incredibly good schools.  The public school system, which falls under the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, has no schools with less than a 9/10 rating.  Both the middle school (Stone Valley) and the High School (Monte Vista) have a coveted 10/10 rating:

• Alamo Elementary School

• Rancho Romero Elementary School

• Stone Valley Middle School

• Monte Vista High School


Colleges and universities nearest to Alamo include:

• Saint Marys College of California

• Diablo Valley College

• University of California-Berkeley

• Laney College

• Contra Costa College

• Los Medanos College

• California State University-East Bay


  Unemployment Rate3.4%
  Recent Job Growth1.4%
  Future Job Growth36.9%
  Sales Taxes8.3%
  Income Tax8.0%
  Income per Capita$91,961
  Household Income$207,008
  Family Median Income$220,652


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

• California Department of Transportation

• Carpool & Trip Planner

• Contra Costa Transportation Authority

• County Connection (Public Bus)


The nearest major airport to Alamo is Oakland International Airport (OAK / KOAK), which has international and domestic flights from Oakland.  Another major airport serving Alamo is San Francisco International Airport (SFO / KSFO), which has international and domestic flights from San Francisco, California.

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