Profile for Albany, New York, NY
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Albany is a city in Albany County.
It is the state capital and the county seat.
The community was named after the Duke of Albany.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Albany. For links to other places called Albany, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Albany is 42.652N. The longitude is -73.756W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 148 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 93,919.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Albany demographic reports
Albany is on the west side of the Hudson River.
Former and merged names include:
· Fort Orange
· New Orange
Henry Hudson arrived here in 1609.
After the Revolution, this was the main point of travel to western lands.
Public transportation: Capital District Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,160. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 12.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1987 movie, "Ironweed"
· 1981 movie, "Ghost Story"
Well-known residents have included:
· Herman Melville, writer
· Henry James, writer
· Horace Greeley, journalist
· Andy Rooney, TV commentator
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Irish Fest - Sept. 15, 2007
- Italian Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
- Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest - Sept. 8, 2007
- Wurst Night of the Year - Jan. 19, 2008
- Art on Lark - June 9, 2007
- Grecian Festival - May 19-20, 2007
- Latin Fest - Aug. 25, 2007
- Tulip Festival - May 11-13, 2007
- Winterfestival - Dec. 29, 2007
- Lark Fest - Sept. 15, 2007
- Lobster Festival - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Albany web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany Berkshire Ballet
Sports teams: River Rats (AHL)
Historic routes: Erie Canal, Hudson River road (US9)
(See more information on the Erie Canal
Historic sites and museums: New York State Museum, Albany Institute of History & Art, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, New York State Capitol
Colleges and universities:
SUNY Albany, State University College at Empire State College, Regents College, Albany Law School, Bryant and Stratton Business Institute-Albany
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 166
Albany was always a place where you could restore your spirit or smudge your soul.
-- O Albany
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Ancestry & family history
10% of Albany residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Albany ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Albany was $18,281, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Albany residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Albany festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Tulip Festival - M
- Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest - S
- Lark Fest - S
- Art on Lark - J
- Lobster Festival - J
- Grecian Festival - M
- Irish Fest - S
- Latin Fest - A
- Italian Festival - O
- Winterfestival - D
- Wurst Night of the Year - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Albany include Arbor Hill Historic District--Ten Broeck Triangle (Boundary Increase), Broadway - Livingston Avenue Historic District, Center Square/Hudson-Park Historic District, Cherry Hill, Clinton Avenue Historic District (Albany), Downtown Albany Historic District, Lafayette Park Historic, Mansion Historic District, Pastures Historic District, South End - Groesbeckville Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Albany, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $479. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,086.
Libraries in Albany include Albany Public Library, Delaware Branch, Howe Branch, New Scotland Branch, New York State Library, Pine Hills Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Albany include Albany Times Union
TV stations in Albany include WNYT, WTEN, WXXA.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WAMC-FM., WAMC-AM.
Albany County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Albany political report.
Albany restaurants taking online reservations include Carmine's Restaurant, Yono's Restaurant ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Albany workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 11 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Albany between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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