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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.


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Median household income
Local
$29,844
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Troy demographic reports
Troy is on the east bank of the Hudson River
Former and merged names include:
· Ferry Hook
Henry Hudson's crew explored the site in 1609. A fire in 1862 destroyed more than 500 buildings. Once a steelmaking center

Construction of the canal underscored a need for trained engineers; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the country's first engineering school, was founded here in 1824

In 1825, local resident Hannah Montague cut off the collars and cuffs of her husband's shirts, deciding it would ease her workload and wear on the shirts by washing them separately. Her idea launched a local industry - detachable shirt cuffs and collars

A local meatpacker, Samuel Wilson, is credited with being the model for Uncle Sam

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 293. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1987 movie, "Ironweed"
· 1992 movie, "Scent of a Woman"
Well-known residents have included:
· Johnny Evers, baseball player
· Emma Willard, educator
· Russell Sage, financier
· Maureen Stapleton, actress
Local festivals include:
  • Riverfest - June 16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Troy web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Peebles Island State Park, Frear Park
Sports teams: Tri-City ValleyCats (minor league baseball)
Historic routes: Erie Canal, Hudson River Road (US9)
(See more information on the Erie Canal)
Historic sites and museums: Rensselaer County Historical Society, Children's Museum of Science and Technology, Troy River Spark Visitor Center
Colleges and universities: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Hudson Valley Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 91
Record high: The state's highest temperature on record was reported here on July 22, 1926, at 108 degrees
Quotes:
For us who grew up by the Hudson at Troy, there was the suspicion of ill to come.
-- Confessions of a Knife
Richard Selzer

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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.

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Ancestry & family history

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.

Education

19% of Troy residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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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

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Troy, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $421.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,076.


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Libraries in Troy include Troy Public Library, Troy Public Library Lansingburg Branch, Troy Public Library Sycaway Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Troy include Troy Record

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Rensselaer County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Troy political report.

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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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~ Confessions of a Knife
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