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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Housing
    C+
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A-
  5. Diversity
    B
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    C-
  8. Cost of Living
    C+
  9. Health & Fitness
    B+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B+
Rensselaer County is located in New York with a population of 159,431. In Rensselaer County, most residents own their homes. In Rensselaer County there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Rensselaer County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Rensselaer County are above average.
Population
159,431

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$185,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$945
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Rensselaer County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    214.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    33.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    118.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    437
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,784.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    108.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Rensselaer County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,851
National
$55,322

Rensselaer County Reviews

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I LOVE Rensselaer County! So much diversity and acceptance of all religions, races and genders. Been my home for 12 years, never want to leave! The people here are so nice and I just love everything about Rensselaer County! Will definitely be raising my children here, the schools are tremendous! I cannot wait to send them to schools where they will receive the best education, while forming relationships with their peers that will last a lifetime. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking to move to a different county, or come to New York for the first time!
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I have enjoyed my time in Troy, NY. I believe it has been a good starter location for me. Troy is perfectly located between Saratoga and Albany, providing lots of entertainment options. It is also close to my job and future school. With that being said, I'm not in love with downtown Troy and the overall experience of living in Troy. At times I feel like it could be kept up better.
Rensselaer is out of the city which I love but still only a few minutes drive to do some shopping. It's quiet and very family oriented. It is also a diverse community which Is important to me. People are friendly most days.