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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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 County is located in New York with a population of 308,580. Albany County is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Albany County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Albany County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Albany County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Albany County are highly rated.
Population
308,580

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$214,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$969
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Albany County 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
    245.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    106.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    262.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,139.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    72.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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Albany County Reviews

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Albany County is rich with culture and history. It is growing rapidly with biotechnical jobs as well as health care jobs. There's tons of things to do within Albany such as music festivals, arts, concerts at old time theaters. Unique restaurants, and two hours north are the Adirondack Mountains, 3 hours south is Manhattan- everything you want is in your grasp!
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Albany county is boardered by the Mohawk river and the Hudson river. There's nice activties alot of hiking trails, pools, trails,etc. I like the summer the most when Albany is thriving. You can enjoy a cold beer at a local pub or bar or you can go to a concert at SPAC. You can get involved with community service by volunteering to feed the homeless. Albany has many programs in place to help teenage mothers and misfortunate people. These places include shelters, donation, pals events that give away school supplies and food to the community of Albany.
My experience in Albany County has been a pleasant one. I have resided here for well over 5 years and have seen many changes over time. Job opportunity, safety, and real estate have improved over time. While the nightlife and diversity have continued to be areas of improvement. Overall, I would recommend Albany to flourish while focusing on development goals.