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Eastern terminus of the New York State Barge Canal
Troy is a city in Rensselaer County, in the Albany metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after city immortalized in the "Iliad"
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Troy. For links to other places called Troy, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Troy is 42.728N. The longitude is -73.692W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 33 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 48,649.
Construction of the canal underscored a need for trained engineers; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the country's first engineering school, was founded here in 1824
A local meatpacker, Samuel Wilson, is credited with being the model for Uncle Sam
Sections below provide additional information and links about Troy demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Rensselaer County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Albany area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 12182 ZIP code.
11% of Troy residents report German ancestry, and 22% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Troy ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Troy was $16,796, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Troy residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Troy include Central Troy Historic District, Fifth Avenue - Fulton Street Historic District, Grand Street Historic District, River Street Historic District, Second Street Historic District, Washington Park Historic District (Troy) ... View historic districts
Median rent in Troy, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $421. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,076.
Libraries in Troy include Troy Public Library, Troy Public Library Lansingburg Branch, Troy Public Library Sycaway Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Troy include Troy Record
Rensselaer County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Troy political report.
The average commute time for Troy workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Troy between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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