Strategically located at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, the city of Albany had its beginnings as a Dutch fur trading post more than 400 years ago and is the oldest continuing settlement in the nation. Home to the state capital, the county is not only a hub for government careers, but also has a lively arts and education sector. Nature preserves, two state parks (Thompson’s Lake and John Boyd Thacher), and many historic homes get residents and visitors out and about.



Population Density: 581.87 people per square mile
Median Home Value: $204,088
Median Annual Property Tax Payment: $4,024
Median Household Income: $59,887


Get the lowdown on our state history at the New York State Museum.


Rub shoulders with political brass at The Ginger Man, a wine bar with a classic menu.

Did you know?

Erastus Corning II served as Albany mayor for 11 terms, from 1941 until his death in 1983. He is the longest-serving mayor of a major American city.

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