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Albany, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Albany is the 6th largest city in New York with a population of 100,145 as of July 1, 2016. Albany ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Albany is located at latitude 42.6657 and longitude -73.7984 in Albany County. The formal boundaries for the City of Albany (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0.55 sq. miles. Albany County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 148 feet.

The City of Albany (GNIS ID: 978659) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Albany population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Albany: Aurania, Beverswyck, Beverwick, Beverwyck, Ches-co-don-ta, Fort Orange, Fuyck, Gaasch-tinick, Ga-isch-ti-nic, Gaishtinic, Kaishtinic, New Orange, Pem-pot-a-wut-hut, Pempotuwuthut, Rensselaerwyck, Scheneghtada, Shaw-na-taw-ty, Skaghnetade, Skaneghtada, Ska-neh-ta-de, Skenectadea, William Stadt, Williamstadt.

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Albany, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 100,145
Population in Households 89,540
Population in Familes 53,571
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,605
Population Density1 4,682
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 41,777
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 17,742
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 47,599 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,751 (31.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,026 (56.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,822 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $182,098
Average Home Value $197,509


Median Household Income $38,926
Average Household Income $57,781
Per Capita Income $25,670
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.37% 0.39%
Households 0.24% 0.38%
Families -0.1% 0.17%
Median Household Income   -1.29%
Per Capita Income   1.22%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Albany, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Albany to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 100th
Population Density1 # 149 88th
Diversity Index2 # 87 93rd
Median Household Income # 1091 9th
Per Capita Income # 811 32nd

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