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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population98,425
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+46,712
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married24.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.3%
Median Earnings25+$37,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,323
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,077

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,223
% Above Poverty Level74.4%
% Below Poverty Level25.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.5%
% Using Public Transportation13.9%

Housing

People Living Alone45.2%
Median Gross Rent$875
Median House Value$172,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41.5%
Irish15.5%
Italian12.4%
German10.1%
English5.1%
Polish4%
West Indian2.8%
French Except Basque2.5%
Jamaican1.8%
African1.5%
Russian1.5%
Dutch1.3%
Greek1%
Canadian0.9%
Arab0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Swedish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Guyanese0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Haitian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Barbadian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Sudanese0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Ghanaian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
US/American0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
British0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
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Albany Almanac

CategoryValue
County Albany County
Standard Zip Codes12202, 12206, 12207, 12208, 12209, 12210, 12223, 12226, 12247, 12260, 12204, 12205, 12211, 12203
P.O. Box Zip Codes12201, 12212, 12220, 12224, 12225
Company Zip Codes12214, 12222, 12227, 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, 12288
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.66
Approximate Longitude-73.79

Albany Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALBANY INTL AP
Distance7.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
StationVALATIE 1 N
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip39.6 inches
StationGRAFTON
Distance17.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp39 to 57 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Greenbush4,960$114,509
Menands3,998$86,875

Albany Public Libraries

Albany Public Library
161 WASHINGTON AVENUE
Albany, New York
(518) 427-4300

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Albany Hospitals

Va Medical Center - Albany Stratton
(Government - Federal)
113 Holland Ave
Albany Memorial Hospital
600 Northern Blvd
Albany Medical Center
(Non-profit)
43 New Scotland Ave
(518) 262-3125
Albany Medical Center - South Clinical Campus
(Non-profit)
25 Hackett Boulevard Mc 201
(518) 242-1420
St. Peter's Hospital
(Non-profit)
315 S Manning Blvd
(518) 454-1435

Albany Public Schools

Thomas S O'brien Academy Of Science & Technology
94 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 12202
(518) 475-6875
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Giffen Memorial Elementary School
274 S Pearl St
ZIP: 12202
(518) 475-6650
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
William S Hackett Middle School
45 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 12202
(518) 475-6475
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
Albany Community Charter School
65 Krank St
ZIP: 12202
(518) 433-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Pine Hills Elementary School
41 N Allen St
ZIP: 12203
(518) 475-6725
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Albany High School
700 Washington Ave
ZIP: 12203
(518) 475-6200
High
Total Enrollment 2410
Westmere Elementary School
6270 Johnston Rd
ZIP: 12203
(518) 456-3771
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Eagle Point Elementary School
1044 Western Ave
ZIP: 12203
(518) 475-6825
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
North Albany Academy
570 N Pearl St
ZIP: 12204
(518) 475-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Lisha Kill Middle School
68 Waterman Ave
ZIP: 12205
(518) 456-2306
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
Veeder Elementary School
25 Veeder Dr
ZIP: 12205
(518) 869-4661
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Colonie Central High School
1 Raider Blvd
ZIP: 12205
(518) 459-1220
High
Total Enrollment 1649
Sand Creek Middle School
329 Sand Creek Rd
ZIP: 12205
(518) 459-1333
Middle
Total Enrollment 788
Forest Park Elementary School
100 Forest Dr
ZIP: 12205
(518) 869-3006
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Albany-schoharie-schenectady-saratoga Boces
900 Watervliet-shaker Rd-ste 1
ZIP: 12205
(518) 862-4901
Other
Total Enrollment 516
Saddlewood Elementary School
100 Loralee Dr
ZIP: 12205
(518) 456-2608
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Roessleville School
100 California Ave
ZIP: 12205
(518) 459-2157
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Philip J Schuyler Achievement Academy
676 Clinton Ave
ZIP: 12206
(518) 475-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 223
Brighter Choice Charter School For Girls
250 Central Ave
ZIP: 12206
(518) 694-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Sheridan Preparatory Academy
400 Sheridan Ave
ZIP: 12206
(518) 475-6850
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Henry Johnson Charter School
30 Watervliet Ave
ZIP: 12206
(518) 432-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Montessori Magnet School
65 Tremont St
ZIP: 12206
(518) 475-6675
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Brighter Choice Charter Middle School For Boys
395 Elk St
ZIP: 12206
(518) 703-6100
Middle
Total Enrollment 213
Brighter Choice Charter School For Boys
116 N Lake Ave
ZIP: 12206
(518) 694-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 288
Brighter Choice Charter Middle School For Girls
395 Elk St
ZIP: 12206
(518) 694-5550
Middle
Total Enrollment 220
Arbor Hill Elementary School
1 Arbor Dr
ZIP: 12207
(518) 475-6625
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Albany Leadership Charter High School For Girls
19 Hackett Blvd
ZIP: 12208
(518) 694-5300
High
Total Enrollment 369
New Scotland Elementary School
369 New Scotland Ave
ZIP: 12208
(518) 475-6775
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Stephen And Harriet Myers Middle School
100 Elbel Ct
ZIP: 12209
(518) 475-6425
Middle
Total Enrollment 675
Delaware Community School
43 Bertha St
ZIP: 12209
(518) 475-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Albany School Of Humanities
108 Whitehall Rd
ZIP: 12209
(518) 462-7258
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Kipp Tech Valley Charter School
1 Dudley Heights
ZIP: 12210
(518) 694-9494
Middle
Total Enrollment 289
Green Tech High Charter School
321 Northern Blvd
ZIP: 12210
(518) 694-3400
High
Total Enrollment 346
Shaker Road Elementary School
512 Albany Shaker Rd
ZIP: 12211
(518) 458-1440
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Nys Dept Of Corrections Placement
State Campus Bldg 2
ZIP: 12226
(518) 457-8126
Other
Total Enrollment 1363

Albany Private Schools

The Free School
8 Elm St
ZIP: 12202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Bishop Maginn High School
99 Slingerland St
ZIP: 12202
Secondary
Total Enrollment 133
All Saints Catholic Academy
10 Rosemont St
ZIP: 12203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 139
St Catherine's Ctr For Children R & E May School
30 N Main Ave
ZIP: 12203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Lasalle School
391 Western Ave
ZIP: 12203
Secondary
Total Enrollment 97
Our Savior's Lutheran School
63 Mountain View Ave
ZIP: 12205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 124
Christian Brothers Academy
12 Airline Dr
ZIP: 12205
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 366
Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy
54 Sand Creek Rd
ZIP: 12205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
Blessed Sacrament School
605 Central Ave
ZIP: 12206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 159
St Anne Institute
160 N Main Ave
ZIP: 12206
Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Maimonides Hebrew Day School
404 Partridge St
ZIP: 12208
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 63
Neil Hellman School/parsons Child & Family Ctr
60 Academy Rd
ZIP: 12208
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 169
Academy Of The Holy Names
1075 New Scotland Rd
ZIP: 12208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
Albany Jcc
340 Whitehall Rd
ZIP: 12208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Mater Christi School
35 Hurst Ave
ZIP: 12208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 161
Center For Disability Services
314 S Manning Blvd
ZIP: 12208
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 154
St Matthew Lutheran School
75 Whitehall Rd
ZIP: 12209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
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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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