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. Albany has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Albany is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Albany is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Albany who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), sales jobs (9.15%), and management occupations (8.50%).
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, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with 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 citizens of Albany are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.58% of adults in Albany have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Albany in 2010 was $28,402, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,608 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. Albany also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.23% of the city’s residents. 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 Other Asian languages.