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Overview

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. Colonie is part of the surrounding Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area.

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.

People

Total Population 82,750
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 43,058
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 47.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39%
Median Earnings25+ $45,964
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,197
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,353

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,649
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,030
Median House Value $219,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.4%
US/American 0.5%
English 8.3%
Irish 26.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALBANY INTL AP
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
Station ALCOVE DAM
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
Station GRAFTON
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Albany 98,468 $58,260
Niskayuna 22,050 $113,320

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Colonie High Schools

SHAKER HS
445 WATRVLT-SHAKER RD
518-785-5511
Serves 1,954 students.

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