Albany

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.


RIGHT, COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

Data

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

Do

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

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Dine

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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