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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  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
    B+
Westmere is a suburb of Albany with a population of 6,778. Westmere is in Albany County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Westmere offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Westmere there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Westmere and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Westmere are highly rated.
About Westmere...
Population
6,778

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$230,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,175
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Westmere Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,576
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Westmere Reviews

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The Westmere area around Albany is very diverse. It has big store names, small businesses, and mom-and-pop shops. It has Crossgates and Stuyvesant Plaza and 15 minutes or less away is Wolf Rd, which is a big strip of restaurants and more malls. There are two cinemas, one in Crossgates and one on Wolf Rd. We finally have Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, so the quality of grocery's is one that I would say is pretty high. There is also an Honest Co-op for a wider variety of your organic foods. All that's missing is a Wegman's! And, of course, there's a Walmart, Price Chopper and a Hannaford maybe 10-20 minutes away. In the Crossgates mall, we have big stores such as Lord& Taylor, JCPenny, Macy's, Sears, Dick's and Forever 21. There is also a Dave & Buster's right in Crossgates and the Melting Pot, which is a fondue restaurant. On Wolf Rd. there's a Boscov's and Colonie Mall also has a wide variety of stores. If you want to get pampered on Western Ave. there are two nail salons and a massage therapy place. There's also about 3 Starbucks in maybe a mile or two radius from each other. This area has a lot of more stores and local businesses that are fantastic. Quite a few of them are restaurants or cafes and they are all delicious!
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I am pleased with the capitol region because where I live specifically, I am near the mall, many restaurants, my job, and most everything is close by. The nightlife is not that great. The people generally aren't that friendly. I know this area has been ranked one of the worst places to live in the country, and this may be true. Harsh winters, unfriendly people, and nothing to grand to see downtown. I would prefer California or somewhere south.
This area been very quiet and people are very kind.

Only a few days, there were some accidents, or people who related to sex, gambling, etc were near here