Colonie, New York

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Colonie, New York

Introduction to Colonie, New York

Colonie, New York, in Albany County, is 6 miles NW of Albany, New York and 137 miles N of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area, Colonie is home to some 7,916 residents.

Colonie History

In the 19th century, the area was included in the Town of Watervliet. However, in 1895, the residents of the community voted to form a separate town, and parts of Watervliet were split off to create the towns of Colonie and Green Island. Colonie derived its name from a Dutch word meaning settlement outside the city. Colonie was officially incorporated as a village on March 2, 1921. In the 1930s, the village experienced growth and progress following the establishment of a fire company, and construction of an underpass on the Albany-Schenectady Road.

Colonie and nearby Attractions

  • New York State Capitol
  • Children's Museum of Science and Technology
  • New York State Museum
  • Peebles Island State Park
  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Colonie

The New York State Capitol, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and the New York Executive Mansion are some of the nearby museums and sites of historical interest. Peebles Island State Park, which is located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, offers fishing, hiking and picnicking opportunities. Berkshire Botanical Garden and Howe Caverns are some other popular local destinations.

Colonie Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Colonie Higher Education

Siena College, Excelsior College, the College of Saint Rose and Union College are all accessible from Colonie.

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High Points

Colonie strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 10% Colonie Short Commute Times
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Colonie People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Colonie Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Colonie, New York

Comparing Colonie to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Senior Citizens 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Racial Diversity 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
Median Family Income 8 7
College Educated Adults 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 10
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 4 8
People Living Alone 4 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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Colonie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles N of New York, New York
County Albany
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12205
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.717
Longitude -73.833

Colonie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
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Colonie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,916 100%
Male 3,824 48.3%
Female 4,092 51.7%
Under 18 1,708 21.6%
18+ 6,208 78.4%
65+ 1,366 17.3%
Median Age 41.2
Average Family Size 2.95
White 7,257 91.7%
African-American 280 3.5%
Asian 244 3.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 34 0.4%
Mixed Race 92 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 126 1.6%

Estimated Colonie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,236
Growth 320
Growth % 4%

Colonie Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 21.7%
Italian 18.5%
German 13.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.8%
English 7.4%
Polish 5.5%
French (except Basque) 4.4%
French Canadian 3.3%
Dutch 2.3%
Russian 1.5%
US/American 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Scottish 1%
Norwegian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
British 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Jamaican 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
African 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Colonie, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Colonie Center (12205)
Roessleville (12205)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Colonie 7,916 $63,822
Albany 95,658 $39,932
Delmar 8,292 $83,219
Menands 3,910 $62,083
Niskayuna 4,892 $72,526
Voorheesville 2,705 $65,682
Westmere 7,188 $61,827

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675 Troy Schenectady Rd

Wal-mart in Colonie

(As of 2006)
579 Troy/Schenectady Road
(518) 783-4086
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