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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 100,753 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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, 2018)


Total Population 100,753
Population in Households 90,268
Population in Familes 54,448
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,485
Population Density2 4,711
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $41,904
Average Household Income $63,550
Per Capita Income $27,992


Total Housing Units 47,745 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,062 (29.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,877 (58.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,806 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $187,003
Average Home Value $210,592


Total Households 41,939
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 17,701
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.35% 0.35%
Households 0.23% 0.31%
Families -0.1% 0.13%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.66%

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, 2018 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 Density # 149 88th
Diversity Index # 88 93rd
Median Household Income # 1067 11th
Per Capita Income # 794 34th

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