Albany, NY
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Albany is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 97,279 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Albany is the tenth largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Albany was built prior to World War II, 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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Albany really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Albany is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Albany more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Albany’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Albany a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Albany a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.