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.


Total Population82,750
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+43,058
Age of the Population41


% of people married47.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39%
Median Earnings25+$45,964
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,197
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,353


Median Family Income$90,649
% Above Poverty Level93.1%
% Below Poverty Level6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%


People Living Alone30.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,030
Median House Value$219,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.4%

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

Colonie Almanac

Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City137 miles N of New York, New York
Metro AreaAlbany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes12205
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Colonie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance2.8 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
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 31 F
Apr Temp34 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.9 inches
Distance19.2 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

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.

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

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