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Overview

Introduction to Troy, New York

Troy is located in the western portion of Rensselaer County, situated on the east bank of the Hudson River. The city of Albany is nearby. Troy is recognized as the terminus for the New York Barge Canal and is considered to be a major distribution center. Troy city is surrounded by countryside and is home to numerous historic Victorian style buildings.

History

The area was included in the Van Rensselaer Grant of 1629. The region was named Troy in 1789 after the city of Troy featured in Homer's Iliad. Troy was recognized as a village in 1801 and was established as a city in 1816. During a significant portion of the 19th century and continuing to the early stages of the 20th century Troy was considered to be one of the wealthiest cities in the country. A primary factor regarding the prosperity of Troy was the steel industry.

Troy was also a major center for the production of shirts. The vast labor force that was necessary for the shirt industry led to the creation of the first female labor union. The prosperity of Troy significantly declined due to the iron and steel companies moving to Pennsylvania. A decline in the shirt industry was also a noteworthy factor. When Prohibition was established, Troy became a significant part of the trading of illegal alcohol from Canada to New York City.

Troy was the home of legendary Samuel Wilson, better known as Uncle Sam, the human symbol of the United States of America.

Events

Troy is host to the Troy Flag Day Parade which is recognized as one of the largest of its kind in the country. The River Street Festival features arts and crafts and a variety of music and occurs in June on a yearly basis. "Troy Night Out" occurs in the downtown area once a month. Restaurants feature live music, galleries and shops are open late. The downtown area is filled with people having a good time. Other events in Troy include:

  • The Uncle Sam Parade
  • The Classics Project
  • The Victorian Stroll

Landmarks

A variety of landmarks are located in the Troy city area including:

  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • Country Club of Troy
  • Houston Field House
  • Troy Savings Music Hall
  • Troy Public Library

Higher Education

Troy city is home to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Hudson Valley Community College. RPI is a private research university and was established in 1824. The institute is recognized for achievements in transferring technological developments from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Demographics

People

Total Population49,826
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens10.9%
Employed Population 16+22,130
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married28.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.7%
Median Earnings25+$33,688
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,978
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,166

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,641
% Above Poverty Level73.9%
% Below Poverty Level26.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.7%
% Using Public Transportation7.9%

Housing

People Living Alone38.9%
Median Gross Rent$879
Median House Value$144,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.4%
Irish21.7%
Italian14.7%
German9.9%
French Except Basque6.5%
English6%
Polish5.2%
Canadian2%
Dutch1.7%
West Indian1.3%
Arab1.2%
Scottish1.1%
African1.1%
Ukrainian1%
Welsh0.9%
Russian0.8%
Danishn0.6%
Jamaican0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Greek0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Sudanese0.4%
US/American0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
British0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Troy Almanac

CategoryValue
County Rensselaer County, Albany County
Standard Zip Codes12180, 12182, 12183
P.O. Box Zip Codes12181
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.73
Approximate Longitude-73.67

Troy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTROY LOCK AND DAM
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp13 to 32 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationALBANY INTL AP
Distance5.7 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
StationGRAFTON
Distance12.1 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
Cohoes16,574$62,108
Menands3,977$81,025
Watervliet10,201$57,608
Wynantskill3,077$88,464

Troy Public Libraries

Troy Public Library
100 SECOND STREET
Troy, New York
(518) 274-7071
Brunswick Community Library
4118 STATE HIGHWAY 2
Troy, New York
(518) 279-4023

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Troy Hospitals

The Burdett Care Center
2215 Burdett Avenue
Samaritan Hospital
(Non-profit)
2215 Burdett Ave
(518) 271-3008
St Mary's Hospital
(Non-profit)
1300 Mass Ave
(518) 235-0310

Troy Public Schools

Ark Community Charter School
762 River St
ZIP: 12180
(518) 274-6312
Bell Top School
39 Reynolds Rd
ZIP: 12180
(518) 207-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Carroll Hill School
112 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5701
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
North Greenbush School
49 N Greenbush Rd
ZIP: 12180
(518) 283-6748
Primary
Total Enrollment 21
Ps 14
1700 Tibbits Ave
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5801
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Ps 16
40 Collins Ave
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5101
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Ps 18
417 Hoosick St
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5501
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Ps 2
470 10th St
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5601
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
Rensselaer County Jail
4000 Main St
ZIP: 12180
(518) 270-5448
High
Total Enrollment 1
Tamarac Elementary School
3992 Ny Rt 2
ZIP: 12180
(518) 279-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Tamarac Middle School High School
3992 Ny Rt 2
ZIP: 12180
(518) 279-4600
Other
Total Enrollment 689
Troy High School
1950 Burdett Ave
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5401
High
Total Enrollment 1226
Troy Middle School
1976 Burdett Ave
ZIP: 12180
(518) 328-5301
Middle
Total Enrollment 852
True North Troy Preparatory Charter School
2 Polk St
ZIP: 12180
(518) 445-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Knickerbacker Middle School
320 7th Ave
ZIP: 12182
(518) 233-6811
Middle
Total Enrollment 520
Lansingburgh Senior High School
320 7th Ave
ZIP: 12182
(518) 233-6806
High
Total Enrollment 723
Rensselaer Park Elementary School
70 110th St
ZIP: 12182
(518) 233-6823
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Turnpike Elementary School
55 New Turnpike Rd
ZIP: 12182
(518) 233-6822
Primary
Total Enrollment 623

Troy Private Schools

Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Ave
ZIP: 12180
Secondary
Total Enrollment 321
La Salle Institute
174 Williams Rd
ZIP: 12180
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 410
Sacred Heart School
308 Spring Ave
ZIP: 12180
Elementary
Total Enrollment 131
Susan Odell Taylor School For Children
116 Pinewoods Ave
ZIP: 12180
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Catholic Central High School
625 7th Ave
ZIP: 12182
Secondary
Total Enrollment 473
Oakwood Christian School
260 Oakwood Ave
ZIP: 12182
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 92
St Augustines School
525 4th Ave
ZIP: 12182
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
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Court house (Troy) c1905

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Court house (Troy) c1905

High school (Troy) 1905 (est.)

Public Library (Troy) c1905

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