Albany, New York

Albany: The capital of New York State. It is located on the Hudson River in the eastern part of the state. Albany is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Empire State Plaza and the New York State Museum.


Albany is a city located in the county of Albany in the U.S. state of New York. Its population at the 2010 census was 97,856. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 95,429 inhabitants.

The city was created 338 years ago in 1685.

Albany is the capital of New York State and the county seat of Albany County. The area was originally inhabited by the Algonquian tribe before being settled by the Dutch in 1614.

In 1624 it was established as a fur trading post called Fort Orange. In 1664, the English took control and renamed it Albany in honor of the Duke of Albany.

In 1797, Albany was officially chartered as a city. Its location along the Hudson River allowed it to grow as an important transportation, trade and commerce hub.

Albany later became an industrial center, with ironworks, textiles, and lumber. As the state capital since 1797, Albany emerged as a center of political power and influence.

Albany Today

As of 2021, Albany has a population of about 98,617 residents. As the state capital, it retains a large government presence and many historic government buildings.

Other notable sites include the New York State Museum, New York State Capitol building, the Albany Institute of History & Art, and many preserved historic architecture.

Albany balances heritage with progress, continuing to evolve while serving as an important center of culture and politics in New York. It honors over 400 years of history.


Albany has played a central role in New York since its days as a Dutch settlement. Its strategic location fostered growth and influence. As state capital, it remains a vital economic and cultural hub. Albany embraces its history while advancing into the future.

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Location of Albany on New York map.

Quick Facts about Albany

Population : 95,429 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New York (United States)
County : Albany County
Twitter username : AlbanyCityHall
Postal code : 12214, 12201–12212, 12220, 12222–12232
Phone Area Codes : 518
Official name : Albany
Altitude : 377 feet / 115 meters
Capital city : Albany is capital of Albany County, New York
Establishment : January 01, 1686 (338 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York, Eastern Time Zone, UTC−04:00, UTC−05:00
Local time : 18:44:42 (27th February 2024)
Population growth : -2.54% (2010-2020)
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Albany is located at 42°39'9"N 73°45'22"W (42.6525800, -73.7562300).

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According to census records, the population of Albany decreased by 2.54% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 97,856 - census
2011 97,956 0.1% estimation process
2012 98,409 0.46% estimation process
2013 98,488 0.08% estimation process
2014 98,366 -0.12% estimation process
2015 98,232 -0.14% estimation process
2016 97,941 -0.3% estimation process
2017 97,735 -0.21% estimation process
2018 97,011 -0.75% estimation process
2019 96,460 -0.57% estimation process
2020 95,429 -1.08% estimation process

Albany zip code is 12202. County name: Albany, County fips: 36001

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People born in Albany (200)

People born in Albany, including politician Henry B. Metcalfe, economist Paul Krugman, professional wrestler Bobby Fish, .


  • Andy Rooney (writer, humorist, television personality (1911-2011)) he was born in 14/01/1919
  • Jon Bogdanove (American comic book artist and writer) he was born in 07/05/1958
  • Joseph Henry (American scientist and the 1st Secretary of the Smithsonian) he was born in 17/12/1797
  • Nicole Stott (American engineer and NASA astronaut) she was born in 19/11/1962
  • John McTiernan (American film director and producer) he was born in 08/01/1951
  • Pamela Adlon (American actress, voice actress, screenwriter, producer, and director) she was born in 09/07/1966
  • Jan Kerouac (writer) she was born in 16/02/1952
  • Bret Harte (American author and poet) he was born in 25/08/1836
  • Leslie Groves (United States Army Corps of Engineers officer) he was born in 17/08/1896
  • Martin Seligman (American psychologist and writer) he was born in 12/08/1942
  • Allen Mandelbaum (American poet and professor of literature, translator from Latin and Italian) he was born in 04/05/1926
  • Abraham Yates, Jr. (American politician (1724-1796)) he was born in 23/08/1724
  • John McKeon (American politician (1808-1883)) he was born in 29/03/1808
  • Philip Sheridan (United States Army general (1831-1888)) he was born in 06/03/1831
  • Theobald Smith (American epidemiologist) he was born in 31/07/1859
  • Ginny Brown-Waite (American politician) she was born in 05/10/1943
  • Carolee Carmello (American actress and singer) she was born in 01/09/1962
  • Charles Fort (American writer) he was born in 06/08/1874

Schools in Albany

College & universities near Albany, NY

Code Name City ZIP
448974 Branford Hall Career Institute-Albany Campus Albany (NY) 12210
188526 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany (NY) 12208-3492
188535 Albany Law School Albany (NY) 12208
188580 Albany Medical College Albany (NY) 12208-3479
407434 Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology Albany (NY) 12206

Stations (19)

Amtrak & bus stations near Albany, NY

Code Name Address Type
ALB Albany–Rensselaer 525 East St. RAIL
SDY Schenectady 332 Erie Blvd. RAIL
HUD Hudson 69 South Front St. RAIL
PIT Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center 1 Columbus Avenue RAIL
SRK Saratoga Springs, NY 267 Union Avenue BUS

Post offices near Albany

Post Office Name City ZIP
Capitol Post Office Albany (NY) 12224
Empire State Plaza Post Office Albany (NY) 12210
Albany Annex Post Office Albany (NY) 12207
Hudson Avenu Post Office Albany (NY) 12207
Fort Orang Post Office Albany (NY) 12206

Other cities in Albany County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Albany County , NY. (more)

City Name Population Title
Guilderland 34,083 Town in Albany County, New York, United States
West Albany 22,000 A hamlet in the town of Albany in Albany County, New York.
Cohoes 16,583 City in New York, USA
Tarrytown 11,285 Village in town of Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York, United States
Watervliet 9,807 City in New York, USA
New Scotland 8,588 Town in New York
Delmar 8,195 Town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States
Colonie 7,564 Town in Albany County, New York, United States
Westmere 7,284 Human settlement in New York, United States of America
Coeymans 7,227 Town in New York, USA
Menands 3,832 Village in Albany County, New York, United States
Westerlo 3,257 Town in New York state, United States
Ravena 3,154 City in Albany County, New York, United States of America
Green Island 2,879 Coterminous town-village in New York, United States of America
Voorheesville 2,750 City in Albany County, New York, United States of America
Berne 2,748 Town in Albany County, New York, US

Distance to Other Cities

Albany distances to largest New York cities