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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Albany is a town in New York with a population of 98,498. Albany is in Albany County. Living in Albany offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Albany there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Albany and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$171,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$924
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Albany Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    577.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    55
    40.7
  • Robbery
    251.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    440
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,906.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    22%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

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The city of Albany is small and very easy to navigate. There are several colleges in the area (University at Albany, RPI, Sage, Siena, Union), so there are many events for college students. You can always find a college sporting event, and there are several street festivals scattered throughout the year.
Albany is a bit of a backwater in terms of culture and nightlife. Other than pubs and an occasional big-name concert, the offerings in the arts are pretty sub-standard.
Albany is the seat of the State government, so there are many people employed by the State. Commute times are generally really good (20 minutes is pretty normal, depending on where you live). Traffic is very rarely a problem except during Friday evening rush hour in the summer when everyone is clamorimg to get to the Adirondacks.
Albany housing is affordable, but NY State taxes are a killer.
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Great schools. Albany High School has a wide range of students and devoted teacher who help them. They also have several programs for the students to experience. The bus system is good as well. There are buses running all over the city to get you to places you need to go. Variety of things to do from malls to move theaters to skating rinks! Depending on the neighborhood, there are very nice and helpful people who will be a great assistance for you. There is a lot to do.
I grew up in Albany and attended an elementary school named North Albany Academy. I have to admit that it wasn't necessarily the best experience. It wasn't because of the teachers-if anything they were incredibly kind-it was just the student environment. There was a lot of negativity and peer pressure that I would feel almost constantly everyday, but looking past the negatives there are plenty of good memories that I've had in Albany. From eating Kentucky Fried Chicken every Saturday to buying small stuffed toys from Family Dollar. There are a lot of good people in Albany, you just have to find the right crowd.