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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 an urban suburban mix 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
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Albany Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

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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
    559.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    212.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    439.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,629.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    132.2
    284

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%

Working in Albany

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,790
National
$55,322
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Albany Reviews

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Albany treated me very well in the 4 years that I lived there. I lived on two different streets, both which turned out to be very safe! I never encountered a problem no matter what time I was coming/leaving. Coming from NYC, I was actually impressed with its local bus system. I was able to travel all over the city without ever needing a car!
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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.
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.