Albany, New York Population 2020

97,279

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. Albany's most recent estimated population of about 97,279. 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, New York's estimated population is 97,279 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Albany, New York is the 6th largest city in New York based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 4548.27 people/mi² (1756.09 people/km²).

The overall median age is 31.2 years, 31.1 years for males, and 31.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.0 males.

The median income for households in Albany, New York is $, while the mean household income is $.

Albany Demographics

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

  • White: 54.21%
  • Black or African American: 29.89%
  • Asian: 6.96%
  • Two or more races: 5.38%
  • Other race: 3.29%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%

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 Percentage
White53,06654.21%
Black or African American29,25829.89%
Asian6,8106.96%
Two or More Races5,2675.38%
Some Other Race3,2193.29%
American Indian and Alaska Native2460.25%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.02%

Albany Population Pyramid 2020

Albany Median Age

31.2


Total

31.1


Male

31.4


Female

Albany Adults

There are 80,595 adults, (12,576 of whom are seniors) in Albany.

Albany Age Dependency

43.9

Age Dependency Ratio

18.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Albany Sex Ratio

Female

51,780

52.90%

Male

46,109

47.10%

Albany Households and Families

Albany Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Albany Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.3%29.7%
Male43.4%56.6%
All36.8%63.2%
Non Family26.7%73.3%
Female25.2%74.8%

36.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All41,2072.1236.8
Non Family24,2251.3526.7
Married9,1753.1770.3
Female6,1793.3525.2
Male1,6283.0743.4

3.14

Average Family Size

2.12

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Albany Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,2933.85%
9th to 12th Grade4,0166.75%
High School Graduate14,79124.86%
Some College10,69917.98%
Associates Degree4,7467.98%
Bachelors Degree11,44619.24%
Graduate Degree11,51319.35%

Albany Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White33,47731,64817,421
Black16,63113,8012,381
Hispanic4,6963,7591,046
Asian3,4582,9111,799
Multiple Races1,6061,402296
Other Race1,5131,155249
Native American14513022
Islander1414

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 52.04%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,791$40,706$38,518
Less Than High School$20,417$24,769$18,310
High School Grad$28,240$29,118$27,371
Some College$33,162$36,437$31,814
Bachelors Degree$48,342$52,508$43,934
Graduate Degree$62,871$64,464$61,071

$39,791

Average Earnings

$40,706

Average Male

$38,518

Average Female

Albany Language

Albany Language by Age

Albany Language

82.81% of Albany residents speak only English, while 17.19% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 5.94% of the population.

Albany Poverty

Albany Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black27,5699,14333.16%
White43,1836,61215.31%
Hispanic8,6993,36938.73%
Multiple4,9381,80536.55%
Asian6,2351,56925.16%
Other2,75892933.68%
Native2392711.30%

23.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.58%

Male Poverty Rate

24.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Albany

The race most likely to be in poverty in Albany is Hispanic, with 38.73% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Albany is Native, with 11.30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.46%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.88%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.61%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.06%
High School23.63%
Some College17.95%
Bachelors or Greater5.78%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed58.74%
Male Unemployed43.06%
Female Employed14.12%
Male Employed9.00%

Albany Income

Albany Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,500$64,982
Families$63,022$82,895
Married Families$99,842-
Non Families$35,587$50,455

Albany Marital Status

Albany Marital Status

Marriage Rates

25.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

27.4%

Male Marriage Rate

23.9%

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

3,652

Number of Veterans

3,330

Male Veterans

322

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,200
Second Gulf War687
Korea362
First Gulf War334
World War II213

Albany Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,4905.16%
Black1,0114.68%
2 or More1335.14%
Hispanic1101.57%
Other180.73%

Albany Veterans by Education

12.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Albany Employment Status

63.9%

Labor Force Participation

59.5%

Employment Rate

6.9%

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

70.36%

Born in New York

86.76%

Native Born

13.24%

Foreign Born

6.72%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.76% of Albany residents were born in the United States, with 70.36% having been born in New York. 6.72% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.