Rensselaer County NY Information


Rensselaer County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 161,376
Population in Households 155,457
Population in Familes 117,985
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,919
Population Density1 247
Diversity Index2 33


Total Households 66,231
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 40,406
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 73,692 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 41,405 (56.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,826 (33.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,461 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $186,841
Average Home Value $215,648


Median Household Income $56,691
Average Household Income $75,249
Per Capita Income $31,718
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.19% 0.14%
Households 0.37% 0.28%
Families 0.2% 0.17%
Median Household Income   1.99%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
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.


Rensselaer County NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rensselaer County to the other 62 counties and county equivalents 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 # 21 68th
Population Density1 # 21 68th
Diversity Index2 # 25 61st
Median Household Income # 16 76th
Per Capita Income # 16 76th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.