Albany, New York Population 2022

94,807
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Albany is a city located in Albany County New York. Albany has a 2020 population of 94,807. Albany is currently declining at a rate of -0.58% annually and its population has decreased by -3.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 97,753 in 2010.

The average household income in Albany is $66,612 with a poverty rate of 22.95%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $992 per month, and the median house value is $186,800. The median age in Albany is 30.9 years, 30.8 years for males, and 31 years for females.

Albany is located on the Hudson River about 135 miles north of New York City.

Population Density of Albany, New York

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 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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Albanywas:

  • White: 53.80%
  • Black or African American: 29.01%
  • Two or more races: 7.08%
  • Asian: 6.93%
  • Other race: 3.01%
  • Native American: 0.17%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Albany, New York is 94,807 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 94,807.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 97,753.

Albany, New York Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010871,0820.00%
2011872,7781,6960.19%
2012874,6981,9200.22%
2013877,0652,3670.27%
2014878,1131,0480.12%
2015879,0859720.11%
2016879,7927070.08%
2017882,1582,3660.27%
2018882,2631050.01%
2019880,381-1,882-0.21%
2020878,499-1,882-0.21%
2021876,617-1,882-0.21%

Albany Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White52,11353.80%
Black or African American28,10129.01%
American Indian and Alaska Native1630.17%
Asian6,7086.93%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander30.00%
Some Other Race2,9183.01%
Two or More Races6,8547.08%
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Albany Population by Race

Albany Population Pyramid 2022

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Albany Median Age

30.7


Total

30.5


Male

30.9


Female

Albany Adults

There are 80,330 adults, (12,795 of whom are seniors) in Albany.

Albany Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

18.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Albany Sex Ratio

Female

51,764

53.44%

Male

45,096

46.56%

Albany Population by Age

Albany Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Albany Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.3%31.7%
Male44.8%55.2%
All36.7%63.3%
Non Family26.9%73.1%
Female23.6%76.4%

36.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Albany Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All41,6142.0836.7
Married9,7913.0968.3
Male1,3743.0444.8
Female6,5472.9623.6
Non Family23,9021.3726.9

2.95

Average Family Size

2.08

Average Household Size

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Albany Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,4274.10%
9th to 12th Grade4,2347.16%
High School Graduate12,62321.35%
Some College9,59316.22%
Associates Degree5,0968.62%
Bachelors Degree12,60321.31%
Graduate Degree12,55221.23%
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Albany Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Albany Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White33,03931,52618,726
Asian3,2462,4061,365
Other Race1,358945406
2+ Races2,8992,492831
Hispanic4,6033,4391,187
Black16,22413,2763,252
Native American83826

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 98.80%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 56.68%.

Albany Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,980$44,820$38,328
Less Than 9th Grade$18,401$22,500$16,450
High School Graduate$29,404$31,985$26,901
Some College$33,828$37,945$31,000
Bachelors Degree$50,039$56,600$41,058
Graduate Degree$61,501$67,660$60,260

$40,980

Average Earnings

$44,820

Average Male

$38,328

Average Female

Albany Earnings by Educational Attainment

Albany Language by Age

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Albany Language

81.92% of Albany residents speak only English, while 18.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 6.22% of the population.

Albany Language

Albany Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic8,3683,05536.51%
Multiple6,3482,10133.10%
Black26,2518,17931.16%
Native1554126.45%
Asian6,1331,36822.31%
White43,0076,63415.43%
Other834NaN%

22.95%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.31%

Male Poverty Rate

23.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Albany

The race most likely to be in poverty in Albany is Hispanic, with 36.51% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.26%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.12%.

Albany Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade38.52%
High School24.32%
Some College16.46%
Bachelors or Greater6.06%

Albany Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed8.68%
Male Unemployed47.62%
Female Employed15.45%
Female Unemployed58.94%

Albany Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Albany Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,512$67,576
Families$66,070$87,600
Married Families$100,520$121,200
Non Families$38,611$50,089
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Income by Household Type

Albany Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

27.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

28.8%

Male Marriage Rate

26.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Albany Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Albany Marital Status

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3,048

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War577
First Gulf War374
Vietnam913
Korea252
World War II124

Albany Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34270
35 to 54695
55 to 64638
65 to 74695
75+750

Albany Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9734.18%
Black8744.14%
Asian170.31%
Other Race80.36%
2+ Races1764.18%
Hispanic1392.02%

Albany Veterans by Race

Albany Veterans by Education

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9.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Albany Veterans by Education

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64.5%

Labor Force Participation

60.1%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

Albany Employment by Age

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Albany Employment by Race

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Albany Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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67.33%

Born in Albany

84.53%

Native Born

15.47%

Foreign Born

7.66%

Non Citizen

7.81%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.53% of Albany residents were born in the United States, with 67.33% having been born in New York. 7.66% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Albany Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
17903,4980.00%
18005,2891,7914.22%
181010,7625,4737.36%
182012,6301,8681.61%
183024,20911,5796.72%
184033,7219,5123.37%
185050,76317,0424.18%
186062,36711,6042.08%
187069,4227,0551.08%
188090,75821,3362.72%
189094,9234,1650.45%
190094,151-772-0.08%
1910100,2536,1020.63%
1920113,34413,0911.23%
1930127,41214,0681.18%
1940130,5773,1650.25%
1950134,9954,4180.33%
1960129,726-5,269-0.40%
1970115,781-13,945-1.13%
1980101,727-14,054-1.29%
1990101,082-645-0.06%
200095,658-5,424-0.55%
201097,7532,0950.22%
201197,9562030.21%
201298,4094530.46%
201398,488790.08%
201498,366-122-0.12%
201598,232-134-0.14%
201697,941-291-0.30%
201797,735-206-0.21%
201897,011-724-0.74%
201996,460-551-0.57%
202095,909-551-0.57%
202195,358-551-0.57%
202294,807-551-0.58%

Albany Population by Year