Albany, New York

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  • New York became a state July 26, 1788, the 11th state admitted to the Union.
  • Albany became state capital 1797
  • Albany incorporated 1686
  • Name Origin: Both Albany and New York were named for the Duke of Albany & York, who later became King James II (1633-1701)

Albany became capital of New York in 1797 and its capitol building was completed in 1899. Albany’s capitol is the most unusual and ornate of all – it was inspired by the City Hall in Paris. It sits at one end of Albany’s modern Empire State Plaza, which overlooks the Hudson River and is the site of the New York State Museum and a modern-looking “Egg” where many theater productions are staged.

Henry Hudson came by here in 1609 on his way up the river; Robert Fulton’s steamboat arrived here in 1807. It’s still a busy port.

Many Dutch settled around Albany. Dutch apple pie is still one of the favorite foods here. You can take scenic cruises on the beautiful Hudson River. To the north is Sleepy Hollow, which inspired Washington Irving to write The Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle.

Things To Love About Albany

The history, thick and rich; the hills that define the Hudson River, and the river itself; the architecture of every church and rowhouse and the stunning Empire State Plaza; the capitol that is beyond compare; the Yankee diners; the hamlets; the soaking-in view from the Corning Tower.

Blogs To Read About Albany

On Henry’s Behalf

It’s Really, Really Old

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 97,856 (US 2010 Census), 32nd largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 4,575 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 21.39 square miles
  • Elevation: 200 feet, 36th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Normal high/low temps: January 31/15, July 82/61. Annual rainfall: 39 inches.
  • Water near: Hudson River
  • Mountains near: NY – Catskills, Adirondacks. MA – Berkshires. VT – Green. Mount Marcy, in the northeast part of the state, is the highest point in New York at 5,343 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Hartford, CT 112; Concord, NH 149; Providence, RI 164
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 362

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 97,856                   Population
  • 17.9%                     Under 18
  • 11.1%                      Over 65
  • 5.0%                       Asian
  • 30.8%                    Black
  • 8.6%                       Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.3%                       Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                       Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 54.0%                    White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 14.9%                    English Not Spoken at Home
  • 85.9%                    High School Graduate
  • 36.6%                    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 25.0%                    Below Poverty Level
  • $23,235                 Per Capita Income
  • $38,394                 Median Household Income
  • $179,600               Median Value of Home
  • 39.5%                    Home Ownership