B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$875
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%

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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
    545
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    254
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    498
    500
  • Theft
    2,898
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    114
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,335
National
$55,322
Children
14%
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
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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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.
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Albany is a wonderful small city. It is a City of Neighborhoods, and each neighborhood has its own personality. Almost every neighborhood throughout the City has an easily walkable park and library. Each also has a wide range of restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, and more.

The Capitol and Empire State Plaza provide beautiful architechture, the NYS Museum, the largest free and public collection of modern art anywhere in the world, and an ice skating rink in winter and concert venue in Summer. There are countless other cultural resources.

The schools are given a bad reputation because it is a City. The fact is, with two kids in the Albany City Schools, I wouldn't change the learning and experience they are getting. Further, Albany High has some of the best academic opportunities of any school in the area, with SUNY Poly and several other institutions hosting classes for the kids.
Albany used to be the place to be - a city like wise anyways. With the art scene and gays and all other cray people that weren't afraid to express their inner self. Over the years section 8 and low-income family housing brought much of what I sadly like to call the riff raff over - Now don't get me wrong Albany is absolutely segregated communities and is built on lies and racism. It's not so bad though if you live in center square, and are in before midnight!