Albany, New York Population 2019

Albany is the county seat of Albany County and the capital of [New York](http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/new-york-population/). Albany is located on the Hudson River about 135 miles north of New York City. In 2017, Albany had an estimated population of about 98,000. The next official census will take place in the year 2020.

Population Density of Albany, New York

Albany has a population density of 4,491 people per square mile (1,734/square kilometer). Together with Saratoga Springs, Troy, and Schenectady, Albany forms the Capital District, which in turn is made up mostly of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA. This is the 4th largest MSA in the state of New York and the 58th largest in the U.S. with a population of 870,000. The largest limit of metropolitan area around this city has a population of 1.17 million.

Albany Population Diversity

Albany has always been a city of immigrants. Originally it was settled by immigrants from Germany and the Netherlands, although the English overtook the city at the beginning of the 19th century. By the mid-19th century, immigrants from Ireland outnumbered almost all other ethnicities. Later Italians and Poles rose to a majority. In the 20th century, the African-American population began to grow. In 1950, African-Americans accounted for 3% of the people, which doubled by 1960 and again in 1970. By 2010, the African-American population was 30%.

The most common ancestry groups in Albany are Irish (18%), Italian (12%), German (10%), English (5%), and Polish (4%).

Albany is noted for having a population that reflects the characteristics of the U.S. consumer population as a whole, more so than any other major city. In fact, Albany is one of the most common test markets for new products.

Albany History

Dutch colonists formed the first European settlement in the Albany area in 1614 with the construction of Fort Nassau followed by Fort Orange being built a decade later in its place. The Dutch formed alliances with the Mohawk and Mahican people in the area and developed a fur trade that attracted more settlers. The English took over the nearby village of Beverwijck in 1664 and renamed it the city of Albany after the Duke of Albany. It was chartered under English rule in 1686 and became New York's capital in 1797 after the U.S. gained independence from England.

Throughout the 18th and 19th century, Albany was a major transportation and trade center, and its central location made it home to some of the world's earliest railroad systems. It was also one of the ten most populous cities in the country between 1810 and 1860.

Albany today is one of the oldest surviving settlements of the original 13 colonies, and it is the longest continuously chartered city in the country. It was one of the first cities on earth to install public sewer lines, water mains, electricity, and utilities that attracted new industry. It was also home to one of the world's first commercial airports, which later became Albany International Airport.

Albany Population Growth

35 counties in New York experienced a population decline from 2010 to 2013, although downstate New York and Albany experienced population growth. While far from the fastest-growing region in the state, the Capital Region continues modest population growth, according to recent census estimates. Between 2010 and 2013, the region grew by 2,430 immigrants.

Albany Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Albany was:

  • White: 55.08%
  • Black or African American: 28.75%
  • Asian: 7.45%
  • Two or more races: 5.58%
  • Other race: 2.82%
  • Native American: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%

How Many People Live in Albany, New York?

97,279
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201897,279-447-0.46%
201797,726-213-0.22%
201697,939-295-0.30%
201598,234-136-0.14%
201498,370-117-0.12%
201398,487880.09%
201298,3994590.47%
201197,9401960.20%
201097,7442,0860.22%
200095,658-5,424-0.55%
1990101,082-645-0.06%
1980101,727-14,054-1.29%
1970115,781-13,945-1.13%
1960129,726-5,269-0.40%
1950134,9954,4180.33%
1940130,5773,1650.25%
1930127,41214,0681.18%
1920113,34413,0911.23%
1910100,2536,1020.63%
190094,151-772-0.08%
189094,9234,1650.45%
188090,75821,3362.72%
187069,4227,0551.08%
186062,36711,6042.08%
185050,76317,0424.18%
184033,7219,5123.37%
183024,20911,5796.72%
182012,6301,8681.61%
181010,7625,4737.36%
18005,2891,7914.22%
17903,4980.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018883,1691,0390.12%
2017882,1302,3400.27%
2016879,7906590.07%
2015879,1319470.11%
2014878,1841,0890.12%
2013877,0952,4210.28%
2012874,6741,9730.23%
2011872,7011,6210.19%
2010871,0800.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White54,254
Black or African American28,316
Asian7,338
Two or More Races5,492
Some Other Race2,774
American Indian and Alaska Native289
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander35

Albany Population Pyramid 2019

Albany Median Age

30.9


Total

30.7


Male

31.2


Female

Albany Adults

There are 81,472 adults, (12,422 of whom are seniors) in Albany.

Albany Age Dependency

42.6

Age Dependency Ratio

18

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Albany Sex Ratio

Female

52,249

53.05%

Male

46,249

46.95%

Albany Households and Families

Albany Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Albany Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69%31%
Male41.9%58.1%
All37.2%62.8%
Female29.4%70.6%
Non Family27%73%

37.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All41,2452.1437.2
Non Family24,8391.3727
Married9,1093.2369
Female5,7283.4229.4
Male1,5693.1741.9

3.2

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Albany Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0513.42%
9th to 12th Grade4,2027.01%
High School Graduate15,48725.85%
Some College10,33417.25%
Associates Degree4,9828.32%
Bachelors Degree11,82319.73%
Graduate Degree11,03318.42%

Albany Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White34,13732,15817,464
Black16,30913,7482,095
Hispanic4,5583,5631,092
Asian3,7383,1411,840
Multiple Races1,4311,251331
Other Race1,294853161
Native American17315327
Islander2323

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 51.16%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,022$39,939$38,286
Less Than High School$18,091$18,787$17,603
High School Grad$28,279$28,695$27,971
Some College$34,882$36,893$32,425
Bachelors Degree$43,580$46,563$41,554
Graduate Degree$59,913$62,298$57,788

$39,022

Average Earnings

$39,939

Average Male

$38,286

Average Female

Albany Language

Albany Language by Age

Albany Language

83.29% of Albany residents speak only English, while 16.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.49% of the population.

Albany Poverty

Albany Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black26,6758,55632.07%
White44,0687,54917.13%
Hispanic8,4653,22938.15%
Asian6,7402,09731.11%
Multiple5,1501,64631.96%
Other2,34595440.68%
Native284279.51%

24.52%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.50%

Male Poverty Rate

25.45%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Albany

The race most likely to be in poverty in Albany is Other, with 40.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Albany is Native, with 9.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.70%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.24%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School40.58%
High School26.03%
Some College15.87%
Bachelors or Greater5.97%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed54.91%
Male Unemployed46.18%
Female Employed14.50%
Male Employed10.80%

Albany Income

Albany Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,790$63,120
Families$63,426$81,563
Married Families$95,029-
Non Families$34,453$48,677

Albany Marital Status

Albany Marital Status

Marriage Rates

24.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

26.3%

Male Marriage Rate

23.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Albany Married by Age and Sex

Albany Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Albany Marital Status by Race

Albany Veterans

3,433

Number of Veterans

3,101

Male Veterans

332

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,120
Second Gulf War555
Korea368
First Gulf War350
World War II269

Albany Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,4945.06%
Black8373.94%
Hispanic1221.82%
Asian400.66%
2 or More391.64%
Other190.87%
Indian31.43%
Hawaiian12.86%

Albany Veterans by Education

12.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.02%

Veteran Disability Rate

Albany Employment Status

62.4%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

Albany Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

71.97%

Born in New York

87.32%

Native Born

12.68%

Foreign Born

6.67%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.32% of Albany residents were born in the United States, with 71.97% having been born in New York. 6.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.