Albany, NY
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Albany is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 98,251 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Albany is the tenth largest community in New York. Albany has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Albany is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Albany is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Albany who work in office and administrative support (15.27%), sales jobs (9.68%), and management occupations (8.39%).

Also of interest is that Albany has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Albany is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Albany is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Albany a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Albany is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Albany a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.15% of adults in Albany have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Albany in 2010 was $27,632, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,528 for a family of four. However, Albany contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Albany is an extremely 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Albany include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Albany is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.