Albany is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 73,801 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Albany is the ninth largest community in Georgia.
Unlike some cities, Albany isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Albany are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Albany is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Albany who work in office and administrative support (12.27%), sales jobs (10.41%), and food service (8.11%).
Albany is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Albany enrolled in college, Albany has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
One of the benefits of Albany is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.98 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Many people in Albany take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Albany citizens for affordable transportation.
The education level of Albany citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.72% of adults 25 and older in Albany have a college degree.
The per capita income in Albany in 2010 was $18,887, which is middle income relative to Georgia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,548 for a family of four. However, Albany contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Albany also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.20% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Albany is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Albany home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Albany residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Albany include Irish, German, African, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Albany is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.