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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 98,926 as of July 1, 2022. 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 42.6526 and longitude -73.7562 in Albany County. The formal boundaries for the City of Albany 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 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.

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, 2022)


Total Population 98,926 (100%)
Population in Households 88,686 (89.6%)
Population in Families 52,418 (53.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 10,240 (10.4%)
Population Density 4,622
Diversity Index2 74


Median Household Income $51,531
Average Household Income $76,581
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $33,227
Wealth Index5 55


Total HU (Housing Units) 48,959 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,952 (32.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 26,336 (53.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,671 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $218,323
Average Home Value $278,538
Housing Affordability Index3 85


Total Households 42,288
Average Household Size 2.10
Family Households 17,271
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.13% 0.05%
Households 0.14% 0.13%
Families   0.06%
Median Household Income   3.30%
Per Capita Income   3.71%
Owner Occupied HU   0.16%

Albany, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Albany to the other 1,293 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 156 88th
Median Household Income # 1144 12th
Housing Affordability Index # 259 20th
Per Capita Income # 924 29th
Diversity Index # 101 92nd

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