Introduction to Albany

Albany, New York has many things to offer both visitors and residents. The city was first settled by the Dutch in 1624 and became the capital of the state in 1797. The Henry Hudson Planetarium at the Albany Visitor’s Center has shows that can introduce the first-time visitor to some of the fine points of Albany life. There are numerous concert and theater performances, as well as educational and historic sites. The city’s location on the Hudson River has always made it a center of transportation.

Albany Culture

Arts and entertainment venues are not in short supply in the city of Albany. The New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art are two of the most popular cultural destinations. The Egg, a performing arts complex at the Empire State Plaza is known for its world class performances. The historic Palace Theater is a performing arts venue that boasts the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts. The Capital Repertory offers residents year-round theater entertainment. And the Pepsi Arena hosts many different types of national touring events and performers. Park Playhouse puts on an annual musical productions which is performed during the hot summer months in an outdoor theater.

Albany Sports and Leisure

There is plenty of opportunity to watch spectator sports in Albany. A number of minor league football, basketball, baseball, and hockey teams play here, including the Albany River Rats, the Albany Conquest, the Albany Patroons, and the Tri-City Valley Cats. NCAA Division I teams include the University of Albany, Siena College, Union College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The city also offers plenty of golf, playgrounds, basketball, seasonal pools, and skating.

Albany Outdoors

The Pine Brush Preserve is a nearby pine barren ecosystem that features sandy soils, dunes, and tiny trees. Songbirds find a home here, as do endangered insects, grasses, and amphibians. Visitors can sit, meditate, and reflect, or they can stroll through the trails and watch the abundant wildlife. Bike trails are plentiful here and they weave through the sandy terrain which can change according to weather conditions. The Adirondack region gives residents and visitors plenty of opportunity for outdoor activity. They can hike through virgin forest, sleep under the stars, or climb mountain peaks. The mountains are wild but friendly enough to enjoy the outdoors. An extensive hiking trail system provides something for everyone. Phelps Mountain rewards its climbers with a 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks.

Albany at Night

Nighttime in Albany offers a wide array of activities for just about anyone interested in staying out. A variety of pubs, clubs, bars, and related nightlife await the visitor or the resident any night of the week. One of the most popular destinations is Lark Street, which features many concerts, festivals, and other events. There are martini bars with great wine selections. Many happy hours occur throughout the city. Some of the most popular places to go are Lark Tavern McGeary’s, Jillian’s Billiard Club, and Danceland Boomers.


Total Population 98,468
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 45,726
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 24%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.4%
Median Earnings25+ $36,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,933
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,242


Median Family Income $58,260
% Above Poverty Level 73.2%
% Below Poverty Level 26.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 11.3%
% Using Public Transportation 14.4%


People Living Alone 45%
Median Gross Rent $857
Median House Value $171,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.2%
Irish 15%

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

Albany Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 132 miles N of New York, New York
County Albany
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12202, 12203, 12204, 12205, 12206, 12207, 12208, 12209, 12210, 12211, 12223, 12226, 12227, 12247, 12260
P.O. Box Zip Codes 12201, 12212, 12220, 12224, 12225
Company Zip Codes 12214, 12222, 12228, 12229, 12230, 12231, 12232, 12233, 12234, 12235, 12236, 12237, 12238, 12239, 12240, 12241, 12242, 12243, 12244, 12245, 12246, 12248, 12249, 12250, 12252, 12255, 12256, 12257, 12261, 12262, 12288
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.652
Longitude -73.756

Albany Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.1 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 15.6 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
Distance 17.3 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, Albany, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

McKownville (12203)

Pine Hills (12203)

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
East Greenbush 4,752 $102,295

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

Albany Public Libraries

Albany Public Library
Albany, New York
(518) 427-4300
Library Web Site
William K Sanford Town Library
Albany, New York
(518) 458-9274
Library Web Site

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Albany Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(518) 471-3221
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(518) 242-1461
Emergency Service: No

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(518) 262-3125
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(518) 525-1550
Emergency Service: Yes

Albany VA Medical Center: Samuel S. Stratton
113 Holland Avenue
(518) 626-5000
Emergency Service:

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Van Rensselaer Manor house c1907.

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Van Rensselaer Manor house c1907.

Keeler's Hotel c1908.

Ten Eyck Hotel c1901.

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