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
$171,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$857
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%

Albany Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    513
    0
  • Murder
    5
    0
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    237
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    474
    1
  • Theft
    2,666
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,949
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • 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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Albany Reviews

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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!
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I was born and raised in Houston, Tx but have been living in Albany, NY since late May, and I am surprised and grateful at my experience thus far. I've experienced friendly strangers, beautiful smiles, a community that help its neighbors, help when needed it but did not ask, and comfort. Albany's visual beauty allows its historical stories to continue to be told with the upkeep and ongoing use of its original architecture. I love that their are community gardens every couple of blocks, free concerts to attend all the time, beautiful parks to run around in, great hiking trails, community barbecue with the police, etc. Again, so far my experience as been a blessing and feels like a home away from home. As far as changes go, one thing would like to see change is less glass and trash on the street.
There is a lot to do and places to go in Albany. The shopping malls have a variety of selections to suit every need. In addition, the restaurants spread across town offer you the flexibility to eat a different cuisine every day. I especially enjoy attending outdoor events or having a picnic in Washington Park with my friends. In the winter, I enjoy ice-skating downtown near The Egg. The transport options are plentiful and the town is well connected to other nearby towns and cities. For instance, the Amtrak train is useful for travelling to other towns, while the CDTA buses are useful for short trips around the capital region.