dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Rensselaer, New York

Rensselaer, New York, in Rensselaer County, is 1 mile SE of Albany, New York and 132 miles N of New York, New York. The city is conveniently located inside the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area.

Rensselaer History

The area was initially a part of Rensselaerwyck manor. It was then known as Greenbush. In 1815, Greenbush was incorporated as a village, and it became a city in 1897. In the same year, it was renamed Rensselaer in honor of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the original landowner of New Netherland. The Port of Albany-Rensselaer was constructed in 1932, which led to significant industrial development in the area.

Rensselaer and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Crailo
  • Henry Hudson Planetarium
  • New York State Museum
  • Thompson's Lake State Park
  • Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Rensselaer

Rensselaer is home to Fort Crailo, which is also known as the Crailo State Historic Site. The Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, the New York State Capitol, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, the Rensselaer County Historical Society, the New York State Museum and the Watervliet Arsenal Museum are some of the historic sites and museums in the area. Peebles Island State Park, located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, offers fishing, hiking and picnicking opportunities, while swimming, hiking and biking can also be enjoyed at John Boyd Thacher State Park or at Thompson's Lake State Park.

Rensselaer Transportation

Albany International is the nearest major airport.

Rensselaer Higher Education

Siena College, SUNY at Albany, Hudson Valley Community College and Excelsior College are among the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 9,502
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,543
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 37%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,941
% Above Poverty Level 80.4%
% Below Poverty Level 19.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.5%
Median Gross Rent $870
Median House Value $141,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 30.7%

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

Rensselaer Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles N of New York, New York
County Rensselaer
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12144
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.642
Longitude -73.743

Rensselaer 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 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 VALATIE 1 N
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Station GRAFTON
Distance 17.1 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, Rensselaer, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Defreestville (12144)

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
East Greenbush 4,752 $102,295

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

Rensselaer Public Libraries

Library
Rensselaer City Library
810 BROADWAY
Rensselaer, New York
(518) 462-1193

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Welding Technology
  • 70+ years of helping students start careers in Health Sciences, Business & Information Technology, Automotive, Skilled Trades, and more.
  • This year, Lincoln schools around the country have made more than $15 million in scholarship funds available to qualified students.
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media, and offers exclusive scholarship for servicemen and women and their families.
  • Schools include Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England, with 30 campuses in 15 states across the U.S.
camnpus icon
East Windsor
Visit School Site
Programs
  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
Programs
  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Offers career-focused programs in allied health, business, and computer technology, and more.
  • On-the-job training available through externships, internships, and clinical placements.
  • Graduates in good standing can take refresher sessions in courses at no additional cost.
  • Day and evening class options are available for flexible scheduling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
camnpus icon
Albany
Request Info
Programs
  • A.S. - Healthcare Information Technology
  • Diploma - Medical Administrative Assistant
  • A.S.- Health Sciences (Pharmacy Technician)
  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current.
  • Allows students to complete assignments on the go with its Blackboard Learn mobile app.
  • Gives online students live student support for technical or course questions.
  • Has campus locations in Florida as well as online learning programs.

Rensselaer High Schools

RENSSELAER HS
555 BROADWAY
518-436-8561
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 293 students.

Study Online in Rensselaer
Additional Resources
Info for Rensselaer Government Officials


Are you an official in the Rensselaer government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104