About The Area

Learn more about Albany, NY

*Statistics sourced from 2018 US News and World Reports

What’s It Like To Live In Albany, NY?

Located about 150 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River, Albany serves as the capital of New York state and a midway point between the Hudson Valley to the south and the Adirondack Mountains to the north. Locally, Albany is known as the Tri-City Area. The region includes the smaller metro areas of Troy and Schenectady, which are historically more industrial.

Albany can be a transient region, with the working population shifting every time a new governor takes office. Yet throughout years of administrative changes, Albany has maintained a lively downtown that serves as both a commercial and cultural center. The region doesn’t have the crowds or costs of a major metro area, and Albany has an old-world appeal to it. There are rows of colorfully painted, turn-of-the-century brownstones, the historic state capitol building and the iconic Empire State Plaza.

With New York state’s Finger Lakes wine region to the west and Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains to the east, the region is a springboard for foodies and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Quick Stats

879,291

METRO POPULATION

39.9

MEDIAN AGE

$52,340

AVG ANNUAL SALARY

$196,075

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$923

AVG MONTHLY RENT

23.0 minutes

AVG COMMUTE TIME

57.8° / 38.6°

AVG HIGH/LOW TEMPS

4.2%

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

39.4"

AVG ANNUAL RAINFALL

What’s The Best Way to Get Around In Albany?

Most people in Albany rely on their own cars to get around, and although traffic tends to pick up around peak commuting hours, getting around doesn’t usually take too long. The average commute time is about 22 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Capital District Transportation Authority provides residents with rail, bus and shuttle services, including the Rensselaer Rail. There’s also the Northway Xpress Commuter Service, an express bus line that runs between neighboring Saratoga County to the north and downtown Albany.

Downtown Albany is easily walkable, and bicycling is gaining some ground in certain neighborhoods. The Albany Bicycle Coalition advocates for improved road conditions for cyclists and to educate communities about the health and environmental benefits of biking.

Who Lives In Albany?

The average Albany resident is 31 years old, which is younger than the median age of 40 in Albany and the statewide average age of 38.

Albany is home to numerous tight-knit, family-oriented communities. Only about 30 percent of residents have never been married, and more than 60 percent of households qualify as family households.

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