West Albany, New York

West Albany: A hamlet in the town of Albany in Albany County, New York. It is located in the western part of the town. West Albany is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the West Albany Recreation Center and the West Albany Public Library.


West Albany is a city located in the county of Albany in the U.S. state of New York.

West Albany is a neighborhood and former village located within the city of Albany, New York. The area was originally home to the indigenous Mohican people prior to Dutch colonization in the early 1600s.

West Albany was established as a township in 1815 following Albany's designation as the state capital. It became an incorporated village nearly 50 years later in 1863. The village originally extended west from the Hudson River and was annexed into Albany in 1922.

Key Local Industries and Attractions

As part of New York's capital, major industries and employers in West Albany today include:

  • State government - Empire State Plaza, NY State Museum
  • Healthcare - Albany Medical Center, VA Medical Center
  • Education - SUNY Polytechnic Institute, College of Saint Rose
  • Technology - SUNY Nano-Fabrication Center, wafer fabrication

Popular attractions and institutions include the New York State Capitol building, Washington Park, the Palace Theatre, and boutique shopping along Lark Street.

Demographics and Local Culture

West Albany is a densely populated, urban neighborhood home to around 22,000 residents. It has a somewhat younger population, with about 15% under 18 years old.

The community is known for diversity, arts and culture. Many community events and festivals take place in Washington Park. West Albany offers city living with walkability, historic architecture, and easy access to Albany's center.

With its local flair, urban green spaces, and Capitol proximity, West Albany provides a unique section of New York’s capital region.

Quick Facts about West Albany

Population : 22,000
Country : United States of America
State : New York (United States)
County : Albany County
Altitude : 200 feet / 61 meters
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 11:09:54 (2nd March 2024)


West Albany is located at 42°40'59"N 73°46'42"W (42.6831300, -73.7784500).

West Albany map

Spencerville, West Albany

Schools in West Albany

College & universities near West Albany, NY

Code Name City ZIP
193201 Mildred Elley School-Albany Campus Albany (NY) 12206-1513

Stations (19)

Amtrak & bus stations near West Albany, NY

Code Name Address Type
ALB Albany–Rensselaer 525 East St. RAIL
SDY Schenectady 332 Erie Blvd. RAIL
SRK Saratoga Springs, NY 267 Union Avenue BUS
SAR Saratoga Springs station 26 Station Lane RAIL
AMS Amsterdam station Railroad St. & West Main Ave. RAIL

Post offices near West Albany

Post Office Name City ZIP
Terminal Annex Post Office Albany (NY) 12206

Other places with the same name (2)

Other cities in Albany County

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

City Name Population Title
Albany 95,429 The capital of New York State.
Guilderland 34,083 Town in Albany County, New York, United States
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

West Albany distances to largest New York cities