Albany, New York Population 2018

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
201798,251-136-0.14%
201698,387-91-0.09%
201598,478-195-0.20%
201498,673-61-0.06%
201398,7341840.19%
201298,5505250.54%
201198,0252690.28%
201097,7562,0982.19%
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: By UpstateNYer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White54,752
Black or African American29,430
Asian6,567
Two or More Races4,934
Some Other Race2,419
American Indian and Alaska Native280
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander43

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Albany Population Pyramid 2018

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Albany Median Age

31.2


Total

30.7


Male

31.7


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 81,843 adults in Albany.

Albany Age Dependency

40.8

Age Dependency Ratio

17.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Albany Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5
Houses Without Mortgage
5,621
Houses With Mortgage
9,503
Vacancy Rate
13.9
Median Rent
875
Median Home Value
172,700
Renter-Occupied Units
25,761
Owner-Occupied Units
15,124
Total Housing Units
47,513

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Albany for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.6% and the labor force participation rate is 61.7%.

Albany Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.16
Average Family Size
3.22
Total Households
40885
Married Couple Households
9244
Male Householder (no wife) Families
1403
Female Householder (no husband) Families
5700
Non Family Households
24538
Total Families
16347
Households With Own Children
6689
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.2
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
1

Albany Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
4,758
$10,000 to $14,999
3,684
$15,000 to $24,999
5,072
$25,000 to $34,999
4,246
$35,000 to $49,999
4,835
$50,000 to $74,999
7,141
$75,000 to $99,999
4,188
$100,000 to $149,999
4,187
$150,000 to $199,999
1,651
Over $200,000
1,123

Albany Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Albany

New York

$42,335

$60,741

$60,425

$89,397

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Albany Education Data

Albany Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
2,0703.45%
9th to 12th Grade
4,0756.80%
High School Graduate
15,88726.52%
Some College
10,36717.30%
Associates Degree
5,1818.65%
Bachelors Degree
11,72619.57%
Graduate Degree
10,60917.71%