Albany, NY
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Albany is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 98,469 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 89.31% 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 (16.03%), sales jobs (9.90%), and food service (8.38%).

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.

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 population of Albany is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.40% of adults in Albany have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Albany in 2010 was $24,912, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,648 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 Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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