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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    513
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    237
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    474
    525
  • Theft
    2,666
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Albany Reviews

    23 reviews
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    I moved to Albany NY three years ago. Since I knew that Albany is the capital of New York, I was expecting a noisy and busy town. On the contrary, what I found was very different from my expectations. Albany is a quite friendly town, perfect for families with kids or students because it has great colleges and universities.
    It also has many green areas, like Washington Park where I often go for running or simply to get some fresh air. The Empire State Plaza, a government building for which Albany is known, is another great place to visit. There are many bars located on Lark street which are full with people on weekends, so if you want the noisy nightlife, this is the place for you. I have not had any safety issues until now so I would say that is safe to live in Albany. There are also some great hospitals in Albany, like Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital. Overall, I think that I made the right choice by moving in Albany, because it is a great place to live.
    Review Albany
    Albany is a fun little city with many activities in or around the area. There are many colleges in the area, as well as state buildings, being the capital and all. Most everything is within walking distance, but there are frequent busses for things that are not. There is a growing Indian and Middle Eastern population, adding to the already diverse city. Overall, Albany is a good place to live, especially if you're a fan of snow in the winter.
    I love that Albany has a strong small business community. You can buy the best breads, meats, cheeses, wines and produce locally. I would like to see the education system improve. The public libraries are poorly stocked and have very limited hours for patrons.