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Albany, NY

Albany leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
97,889
Albany Population7
$
43,583
Median Income6
6.9
%
Unemployment Rate16
 

City Score

 

Population

Albany's aged 15- to 19-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 17%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

31.2
Median Age7
-0.1
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Albany residents are predominantly white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 13.5% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 5.7%

Race

55.9
%
New York Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Albany has cold, snowy winters, comfortable summers, and frequent rain year-round. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 144 days per year with 62 inches of annual snowfall. There is at least some rain 136 days per year and an annual rainfall of 39 inches

Weather

37
%
Chance of Rain11
50
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature39

 

Housing

The average home value in Albany increased by 4% since 2010 which is 39% lower than the national average and 21% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,450
Monthly Average12
63
%
Renters40

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Albany is a high tax location with income tax 22% higher than the national average, sales tax 17% higher than the national average, and property tax 53% higher than the national average.

Other

1.71
%
Property Tax20
8.0
%
Sales Tax18
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax20

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)41

 

Employment

Albany has an average employment rate of 93% which is 1% lower than the national average. The largest employers are St. Peters Health Care Services and Equinox

Income

19.5
%
<$25,0006
9.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry16

 

Politics

Albany leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results43

Representatives

Mayor27 Kathy Sheehan
Democratic
House of Representative27 Paul Tonko
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Fairview Hospital, is 42.3 miles from the center of Albany, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Samuel S. Stratton Albany VA Medical Center, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, is 105.0 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 Yes
Decriminalized28 Yes, but small fine for possession up to an ounce
 

Safety

In New York, 14.5% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 19.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks29
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The seat of the New York State government was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979
  • The oldest and largest state museum in the United States and is dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Admission is free
  • The only World War II-era destroyer escort still afloat and the only one in existence with its original battle armament
 

Top Destinations

  • Andy Rooney, journalist/TV commentator, was born and raised in Albany34
  • Jimmy Fallon, comedian/actor, attended The College of Saint Rose and worked as a receptionist at the Metroland newspaper34
  • When Theodore Roosevelt was Governor, he exercised every morning by running up and down the Capitol's 77 front steps. It 's rumored that if newspaper reporters wanted an interview with Roosevelt, they would simply have to beat him to the top of the stairs35
  • Albany is the oldest continuous settlement in the original 13 English colonies; a fort was built here prior to 161435
 

Recognition

#50 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report30
#17 2020 Best Cities for Families by U.S. News & World Report31
#28 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report32
#72 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades33
 

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