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 Change
2015 98,469 0.60%
2010 97,856 2.30%
2000 95,658 -5.40%
1990 101,082 -0.60%
1980 101,727 -12.10%
1970 115,781 -10.70%
1960 129,726 -3.90%
1950 134,995 3.40%
1940 130,577 2.50%
1930 127,412 12.40%
1920 113,344 13.10%
1910 100,253 6.50%
1900 94,151 -0.80%
1890 94,923 4.60%
1880 90,758 30.70%
1870 69,422 11.30%
1860 62,367 22.90%
1850 50,763 50.50%
1840 33,721 39.30%
1830 24,209 91.70%
1820 12,630 17.40%
1810 10,762 103.50%
1800 5,289 51.20%
1790 3,498 0.00%

Albany Population in 2017 Source: Airtuna08 at en.wikipedia

Albany Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 54,675 55.63%
Black or African American 30,472 31.00%
American Indian and Alaska Native 228 0.23%
Asian 6,136 6.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 28 0.03%
Some Other Race 2,063 2.10%
Two or More Races 4,685 4.77%

Population Pyramid

Albany Housing Indicators

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

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
Average Household Size 2.19
Average Family Size 3.26
Married Couple Families 8,859
Male Householder (no wife) Families 1,464
Female Householder (no husband) Families 5,875
Non Family Households
Unmarried Martner Households (Opposite Sex) 7.6%
Unmarried Martner Households (Same Sex) 1.1%