Albany city, New York

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Albany city, New York

Albany city, New York
- Total:97.856 (2010)
- Density:4.448,0/sq mi (1.747,4/sq km)
Area code(s):518
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:23 sq mi (58 sq km)
- Land:22 sq mi (56 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (2 sq km)
- % water:3,45 %

Quick information summary of the Albany city area.

Albany city is located in the state of New York. It occupies the area of 23 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 22 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Albany city lies at +42.6657453, -073.7983532 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 97.856 living in the Albany city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (57.01%), Black or African American (30.77%) and Asian (5%). Median age is 30 for the males and 31 for the females.

Albany is the capital of the state of New York in the Northeastern United States, seat of Albany County and the central seat of the state’s Capitol District. In 2010, Albany had a population of 97,856, which made it the sixth-most populous city in the state.

The city is located on the Hudson River, near the confluence with the Mohawk River, some 150 miles from New York City. Albany is one of the oldest surviving cities of the original Thirteen Colonies and the longest continuously chartered city in the USA. It occupies an area of 21.8 square miles and lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5).

Albany got its name after the Duke of Albany. The official city motto is “Assiduity.”

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Statistical data for the Albany city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
55,78357.01 %
Black or African American alone
30,11030.77 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2950.30 %
Asian alone
4,8905.00 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
550.06 %
Some Other Race alone
3,1003.17 %
Two or More races
3,6233.70 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Albany city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Albany city part within the Subdivision
Albany County 304.204- Albany city part97.856
Albany city 97.856- Albany city part97.856

Profile of the Albany city

History of Albany

The area of present-day Albany was originally inhabited by Algonquian Indians. The first European establishment was a French fort on Castle Island, built in 1540, which was destroyed in a flood soon after completion. The first permanent settlement was the Dutch Fort Nassau in 1614, later rebuilt as Fort Orange. When the English captured New Netherland in 1664, they renamed the settlement to Albany, after the Duke of Albany. It was chartered as a municipality in 1686. Representatives of seven colonies met in Albany in 1754, when Benjamin Franklin proposed the Albany Plan of Union, one of the important precursors to the U.S. Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the population in Albany started to grow as more and more people from surrounding counties recognized the city’s advantages, especially the position. In 1797, the state capital was permanently moved to Albany.

Albany was an important transportation center, with steamboats on the Hudson (which at the time was the eastern terminus of the Erie Canal), the turnpike and the railroad. In addition to transportation, the city prospered on industry and business as well, especially beer, publishing, iron foundries, fur, wheat, lumber and meat, as well as banks. American Express was founded in Albany in 1850, originally as an express mail business. Albany was one of the first cities in the world to have a sewer and public water system and also one of the first to install electricity and gas.

In 1908, Albany got one of the world’s first commercial airports. In the 1940s and the 1950s, growth and development in the city were slowed down, mostly due to urban sprawl. America’s longest serving mayor and the most notable mayor of Albany, Erastus Corning II, managed to save the historic neighborhoods from destruction. With him and the Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the city got most of its large structures, such as the Empire State Plaza, SUNY Albany campus and W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus. Major projects from the 1960s and the 1970s include Interstate 787 and South Mall Arterial. Today, Albany is a center of higher education, healthcare and high-tech industry.

Geography and Climate of Albany

Albany is situated on the west bank of the Hudson River, some ten miles from its confluence with the Mohawk River. Normans Kill and Patroon Creek are the other two major streams in the city. There are four lakes within Albany city limits: Buckingham Lake, Rensselaer Lake, Tivoli Lake and Washington Park Lake. The highest elevation in Albany is 324 feet and the lowest point is on the Hudson, at two feet above sea level. The city consists of gently rolling hills.

The climate in Albany is humid continental, the summers are hot and wet and the winters are cold and snowy.


Albany is a typical northeastern city of immigrants. First dominated by the Dutch, German and English, it grew in population mainly due to European immigrants from Italy, Ireland and Poland. After the 1950s, it saw a rise in Asian and African American population as well.

Today, the racial makeup in the city is 54% non-Hispanic White, 30.8% Black or African American, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.7% two or more races and 3.2% some other race.

In 2000, the median household income in Albany was $41,911 and the per capita income was $25,504.


The economy in Albany is based on government, healthcare and education. Because of this, the city was usually immune to recessions in the past, however the current recession, with its roots in Wall Street issues, seems to be more difficult for Albany to deal with.

High-tech industry has been a fast-growing sector for the city and its surrounding area. Albany is the center of the so-called “Tech Valley” and a new leader in nanotechnology.

Other significant sectors include manufacturing (sporting goods, felt products, beer, cement, dental products, steel products, chemicals), finance, real estate and insurance.


Albany has a number of museums, historic sites and landmarks, such as New York State Archives, New York State Museum, Albany Institute of History and Art, Broeck Mansion and the USS Slater.

Because it is set conveniently between New York City, Boston, Montreal and Buffalo, Albany is an important stop for many touring acts and artists, who perform either at large and mid-sized venues such as TU Center, The Egg and the Palace Theatre, or in a number of smaller clubs in the city.

Albany hosts a number of annual and seasonal events, most notably the Tulip Festival, Alive at 5 and the Price Chopper Fabulous Fourth and Fireworks Festival.

Education in Albany

The city has a long history of higher education. In 2005 it was ranked third in the Forbes “The Best places with the Best Education” survey. Some of the best institutions of higher education in the city include SUNY Albany (the flagship campus of the State University of New York), Empire State College, Albany Medical College, Albany Law School, the College of Saint Rose, Sage College of Albany, Maria College, Excelsior College, Mildred Elley, Hudson Valley Community College and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Sports and Transportation

Albany does not have a major league professional sports team. It has one active minor league team - the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

Major highways in and around Albany include I-87, I-90 and I-787. Passenger rail service is offered by Amtrak and intercity bus lines include Greyhound, Trailways and Peter Pan. Public transportation in the city and the neighboring towns and cities is provided by the Capital City Transportation Authority.

The nearest airport is Albany International Airport in Colonie, served by six major airlines.

Statistical data for the Albany city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
55,78357.01 %
Black or African American alone
30,11030.77 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2950.30 %
Asian alone
4,8905.00 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
550.06 %
Some Other Race alone
3,1003.17 %
Two or More races
3,6233.70 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
89,46091.42 %
Hispanic or Latino
8,3968.58 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
89,46091.42 %
White alone
52,85759.08 %
Black or African American alone
28,47931.83 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1910.21 %
Asian alone
4,8505.42 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
470.05 %
Some Other Race alone
2960.33 %
Two or More races
2,7403.06 %
Hispanic or Latino
8,3968.58 %
White alone
2,92634.85 %
Black or African American alone
1,63119.43 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1041.24 %
Asian alone
400.48 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
80.10 %
Some Other Race alone
2,80433.40 %
Two or More races
88310.52 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
17,84843.37 %
Husband-wife family
9,42652.81 %
Other family
8,42247.19 %
Male householder, no wife present
1,82621.68 %
Female householder, no husband present
6,59678.32 %
Nonfamily households
23,30956.63 %
Householder living alone
16,98872.88 %
Householder not living alone
6,32127.12 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Albany city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Albany city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Albany city center


  • AMCH Heliport [1.56 mi] [2.51 km]


  • Albany Engine Company Number 6 (historical) [2.07 mi] [3.34 km]
  • The Egg Performing Arts Center [2.29 mi] [3.68 km]
  • Leo W O'Brien Federal Building [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Boys Club of Albany [1.82 mi] [2.93 km]
  • Albany City Hall [2.43 mi] [3.92 km]
  • Kennedy Building [2.62 mi] [4.22 km]
  • State Hall [2.45 mi] [3.94 km]
  • Junior League of Albany [1.84 mi] [2.96 km]
  • Albany County Court House [2.46 mi] [3.97 km]
  • New York State Capitol Building [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]
  • Albany Board of Education [2.37 mi] [3.82 km]
  • Albany Med Flight Life Net 7 - 1 [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]
  • State Educational Building [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Alfred E Smith State Office Building [2.13 mi] [3.42 km]
  • Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home [0.89 mi] [1.44 km]
  • Saint Teresa of Avila Auditorium [0.79 mi] [1.27 km]
  • Albany Fire Department Engine 11 [0.76 mi] [1.22 km]
  • One Commerce Plaza [2.13 mi] [3.42 km]
  • Palace Theatre [2.55 mi] [4.11 km]
  • Harmanus Bleeker Library (historical) [2 mi] [3.22 km]
  • Albany Institute of History and Art [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Washington Park Pavilion [1.5 mi] [2.41 km]
  • Rensselaer Fire Station Number 4 [3.56 mi] [5.73 km]
  • Albany Public Library [1.95 mi] [3.14 km]
  • Bishop Cusack Memorial Nurses Home [0.69 mi] [1.11 km]
  • Lutheran Women's Home For The Aged [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • Washington Avenue Armory Sports And Convention Arena [1.93 mi] [3.11 km]
  • Edward F Kennell Center [2.3 mi] [3.71 km]
  • Ten Broeck Mansion [2.46 mi] [3.95 km]
  • Women's Club of Albany [1.18 mi] [1.89 km]


  • Beverwyck Cemetery [3.64 mi] [5.86 km]


  • Episcopal Church of the Redeemer [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Holy Deliverance Church of God in Christ [3.28 mi] [5.27 km]
  • Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church [2.51 mi] [4.04 km]
  • Saint Peter's Episcopal Church [2.47 mi] [3.98 km]
  • Wilborn Temple First Church of God [2.1 mi] [3.38 km]
  • Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church [1.89 mi] [3.05 km]
  • First Church in Albany [2.57 mi] [4.14 km]
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church [2.07 mi] [3.33 km]
  • First Congregational Church [1.04 mi] [1.67 km]
  • Welcome Chapel Missionary Baptist Church [1.96 mi] [3.15 km]
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Saint Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church [0.78 mi] [1.26 km]
  • Cathedral of All Saints [2.19 mi] [3.52 km]
  • Trinity United Methodist Church [1.84 mi] [2.96 km]
  • Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church [2.48 mi] [3.99 km]
  • Temple Israel [0.73 mi] [1.17 km]
  • Broadway United Methodist Church [3.33 mi] [5.36 km]
  • Church of God [3.34 mi] [5.38 km]
  • First Presbyterian Church [1.81 mi] [2.91 km]
  • Saint Josephs Roman Catholic Church [3.46 mi] [5.58 km]
  • Saint Philip The Apostle Roman Catholic Church [2.19 mi] [3.52 km]
  • New Jerusalem Home - Saved Church [2.18 mi] [3.51 km]
  • Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church [2.46 mi] [3.96 km]
  • Saint Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]
  • Albany Friends Meeting House [1.16 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Bethany Reformed Church [0.8 mi] [1.29 km]
  • Bethany Baptist Church [2.31 mi] [3.72 km]
  • Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church [1.58 mi] [2.55 km]
  • First Church of Christ Scientist [1.05 mi] [1.68 km]


  • Albany - Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Albany Medical Center [1.35 mi] [2.17 km]
  • Capital District Psychiatric Center [1.25 mi] [2.02 km]
  • Saint Peter's Hospital [0.69 mi] [1.1 km]


  • Empire State Plaza [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Albany Union Station (historical) [2.68 mi] [4.31 km]


  • Fort Frederick (historical) [2.48 mi] [3.99 km]
  • New Scotland Avenue Armory (historical) [1.27 mi] [2.05 km]


  • Delaware Square [1.81 mi] [2.92 km]
  • Academy Park [2.33 mi] [3.75 km]
  • Capitol Park [2.19 mi] [3.53 km]
  • Central Park [3.39 mi] [5.46 km]
  • Sheridan Park [2.15 mi] [3.47 km]
  • Saint Joseph's Park [2.46 mi] [3.96 km]
  • Van Rensselaer Park [2.47 mi] [3.97 km]
  • Washington Park [1.42 mi] [2.29 km]
  • Townsend Park [1.8 mi] [2.89 km]

Populated Place

  • Albany [2.33 mi] [3.74 km]


  • William S Hackett Middle School [1.81 mi] [2.91 km]
  • Academy of the Holy Name [2.15 mi] [3.47 km]
  • Sage College of Albany [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Albany Law School [1.45 mi] [2.34 km]
  • School Number 24 (historical) [1.82 mi] [2.93 km]
  • Albany College of Pharmacy [1.38 mi] [2.23 km]
  • School Number 11 (historical) [1.84 mi] [2.96 km]
  • School Number 2 (historical) [2.21 mi] [3.55 km]
  • Saint Teresa of Avila Junior High School [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Albany Medical College [1.32 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Saint Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic School [0.84 mi] [1.34 km]
  • School Number 19 [0.84 mi] [1.35 km]
  • Albany Bible Institute [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]
  • Saint Philip Parochial School [2.19 mi] [3.53 km]
  • Mercy High School [0.77 mi] [1.23 km]
  • Public School Number 3 [3.34 mi] [5.37 km]
  • Saint Josephs School [3.46 mi] [5.57 km]
  • Saint Catherine of Siena School [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Albany City School District Street Academy [2.25 mi] [3.62 km]
  • Maria College [0.69 mi] [1.1 km]
  • School Number 7 (historical) [2.29 mi] [3.69 km]

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AlbanyAudit And Control Dept12236
AlbanyColonie Center12205
AlbanyD O T N Y12232
AlbanyEmpire State Plaza12223
AlbanyMental Hygiene Dept12229
AlbanyN Y Agr And Mkts12235
AlbanyN Y Assembly12248
AlbanyN Y Civil Serv Dept12239
AlbanyN Y Conservation Dept12233
AlbanyN Y Dept Commerce12245
AlbanyN Y Dept Of Motor Vehicles12228
AlbanyN Y Educ Dept12230
AlbanyN Y Empl Retirement12244
AlbanyN Y Health Dept12237
AlbanyN Y Hghr Educ Serv Corp12255
AlbanyN Y Labor Div Empl12240
AlbanyN Y Labor Unemp Ins12249
AlbanyN Y Lottery12256
AlbanyN Y Secretary Of State12231
AlbanyN Y Soc Serv Dept12243
AlbanyN Y State Campus12226
AlbanyN Y State Lottery12252
AlbanyN Y Tele Co12250
AlbanyN Y Wrkmn Comp12241
AlbanyNy Park And Rec Dept12238
AlbanyNy Standards And Purc12242
AlbanyNy State Dept Financial Svc12257
AlbanyNys Dept Of Tax & Finance12227
AlbanyNys Tax Processing Ctr12261
AlbanyS U N Y12222
AlbanyS U N Y 99 Wash12246
AlbanyState Office Bldg12234
AlbanyStuyvesant Plaza12203
AlbanyStuyvsnt Plz12203
AlbanyUs Postal Service12288

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