Albany Population 2017

Albany is the county seat of Albany County and the capital of New York. Albany is located on the Hudson River about 135 miles north of New York City. In 2015, Albany has a population of about 98,000.

Albany has a population density of 4,491 people per square mile (1,734/square kilometer). Together with Saratoga Springs, Troy, and Schenctady, 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 metropolitan area has a population of 1.17 million.

Albany Demographics

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 population, which doubled by 1960 and again in 1970. By 2010, the African-American population was 30%.

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Albany was 93% white, 3% African American, 1% Asian, 0.3% Native American and Native Alaskan, and 3% two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race account for 2% of the population. The non-Hispanic white population was 52%.

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 then Fort Orange a decade later. The Dutch formed alliances with the Mohawk and Mahican people 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 10 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's 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 ot 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.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201598,4696130.63%
201097,8562,1982.30%
200095,658-5,424-5.37%
1990101,082-645-0.63%
1980101,727-14,054-12.14%
1970115,781-13,945-10.75%
1960129,726-5,269-3.90%
1950134,9954,4183.38%
1940130,5773,1652.48%
1930127,41214,06812.41%
1920113,34413,09113.06%
1910100,2536,1026.48%
190094,151-772-0.81%
189094,9234,1654.59%
188090,75821,33630.73%
187069,4227,05511.31%
186062,36711,60422.86%
185050,76317,04250.54%
184033,7219,51239.29%
183024,20911,57991.68%
182012,6301,86817.36%
181010,7625,473103.48%
18005,2891,79151.20%
17903,4980.00%

Albany Population in 2018Source: Airtuna08 at en.wikipedia

Albany Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Two or More Races4,6854.76%
Some Other Race2,0632.10%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander280.03%
Asian6,1366.23%
American Indian and Alaska Native2280.23%
Black or African American30,47230.95%
White54,67555.53%

Population Pyramid

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Albany Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.9
Houses Without Mortgage
5,804
Houses With Mortgage
9,290
Vacancy Rate
14.6
Median Rent
857
Median Home Value
171,400
Renter-Occupied Units
25,189
Owner-Occupied Units
15,094
Total Housing Units
47,191

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Albany for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.1% and the labor force participation rate is 61%.

Albany Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
1.1
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.6
Non Family Households
0
Female Householder (no husband) Families
5875
Male Householder (no wife) Families
1464
Married Couple Families
8859
Average Family Size
3.26
Average Household Size
2.19