Albany County, NY

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Population

309,612

0.248% growth

Median Age

38


Median Household Income

$66,204

7.21% growth

Poverty Rate

12.4%


Number of Employees

162,937

1.38% growth

Median Property Value

$227,000

2.48% growth

About

In 2017, Albany County, NY had a population of 310k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $66,204. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Albany County, NY grew from 308,846 to 309,612, a 0.248% increase and its median household income grew from $61,754 to $66,204, a 7.21% increase.

The population of Albany County, NY is 71.8% White Alone, 12.1% Black or African American Alone, and 6.81% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Albany County, NY speak a non-English language, and 95.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Albany County, NY are Excelsior College (4,946 degrees awarded in 2016), SUNY at Albany (4,903 degrees), and The College of Saint Rose (1,658 degrees).

The median property value in Albany County, NY is $227,000, and the homeownership rate is 56.9%. Most people in Albany County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Albany County, NY is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: New York State Capitol, Albany, NY

Economy

The economy of Albany County, NY employs 163k people. The largest industries in Albany County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,626 people), Public Administration (21,597 people), and Educational Services (19,643 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($176,422), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,945), and Utilities ($60,482).

Median household income in Albany County, NY is $66,204. Males in Albany County, NY have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,672. The income inequality in Albany County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$66,204

2017 value

± $3,583

7.21%

1 Year Growth

± 6.78%

Households in Albany County, NY have a median annual income of $66,204, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,754 in 2016, which represents a 7.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,550

Average Male Salary

± $1,168

$60,672

Average Female Salary

± $854

In 2017, full-time male employees in Albany County, NY made 1.29 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Albany County, NY by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $67,169 ± $870

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $62,618 ± $15,800

  3. Asian

    $62,444 ± $2,225

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Albany County, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Albany County, NY is from New York.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.499

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.375% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 142.03

  2. Census Tract 137.06

  3. Census Tract 138.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Albany County, NY was Census Tract 142.03 with a value of $104,531, followed by Census Tract 137.06 and Census Tract 138.02, with respective values of $102,321 and $100,735.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Albany County, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Albany County, NY (36.3k out of 293k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    19,268 ± 1,014

  2. Black

    9,673 ± 729

  3. Hispanic

    4,638 ± 512

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Albany County, NY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

163k

2017 Value

± 7,302

1.38%

1 Year growth

± 6.05%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Albany County, NY grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 161k employees to 163k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Albany County, NY, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (10,944 people), Other Office & Administrative Support Workers (6,091 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (4,454 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Albany County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Albany County, NY, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (10,944 people), Other Office & Administrative Support Workers (6,091 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (4,454 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Albany County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Social Scientists & Related Workers (3.91 times higher than expected), Other Financial Specialists (2.46 times), and Child Care Workers (2.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Albany County, NY, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($81,622), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,175), and Legal Occupations ($76,698).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

163k

2017 Value

± 7,302

1.38%

1 Year growth

± 6.05%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Albany County, NY grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 161k employees to 163k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Albany County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,626 people), Public Administration (21,597 people), and Educational Services (19,643 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Albany County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Albany County, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Albany County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,626 people), Public Administration (21,597 people), and Educational Services (19,643 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Albany County, NY has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.92 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.32 times), and Utilities (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Albany County, NY, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($176,422), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,945), and Utilities ($60,482).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New York products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96.9% of the population of Albany County, NY has health coverage, with 57.1% on employee plans, 15.3% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 0.582% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Albany County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Albany County, NY see 949 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.24% decrease from the previous year (991 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1119 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 317 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

949 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Albany County, NY see an average of 949 patients per year. This represents a 4.24% decrease from the previous year (991 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Albany County, NY in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.11%

Uninsured

57.1%

Employer Coverage

15.3%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

0.582%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Albany County, NY declined by 5.3% from 3.29% to 3.11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Albany County, NY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New York by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Albany County, NY is home to a population of 310k people, from which 95.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.81% of Albany County, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Albany County, NY is composed of 222k White Alone residents (71.8%), 37.3k Black or African American Alone residents (12.1%), 21.1k Asian Alone residents (6.81%), 18.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.96%), 9.31k Two or More Races residents (3.01%), 781 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.252%), 316 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.102%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Albany County, NY are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Albany County, NY was 38. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Albany County, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Albany County, NY residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.81%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.29%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 9.81% of Albany County, NY residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Albany County, NY was 9.29%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    527,485 ± 17,593 people

  2. China

    441,157 ± 16,125 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,203 ± 11,935 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Albany County, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 527,485 Albany County, NY residents, followed by China with 441,157 and Jamaica with 239,203.

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Citizenship

95.2%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.2% of Albany County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Albany County, NY was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    222k ± 311

  2. Black or African American Alone

    37.3k ± 2.11k

  3. Asian Alone

    21.1k ± 1.24k

In 2017, there were 5.96 times more White Alone residents (222k people) in Albany County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 37.3k Black or African American Alone and 21.1k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Albany County, NY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Albany County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Albany County, NY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Albany County, NY are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,527 ± 887

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,389 ± 933

  3. Korea

    1,372 ± 589

Albany County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.89 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Albany County, NY awarded 14,427 degrees. The student population of Albany County, NY is skewed towards women, with 32,468 male students and 39,265 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Albany County, NY are White (8,828 and 64%), followed by Black or African American (1,985 and 14.4%), Hispanic or Latino (1,302 and 9.44%), and Asian (651 and 4.72%).

The largest universities in Albany County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Excelsior College (4,946 and 34.3%), SUNY at Albany (4,903 and 34%), and The College of Saint Rose (1,658 and 11.5%).

The most popular majors in Albany County, NY are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,671 and 11.6%), Registered Nursing (1,299 and 9%), and General Business Administration & Management (1,139 and 7.89%).

The median tuition costs in Albany County, NY are $30,428 for private four year colleges, and $6,470 and $21,550 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 498 degrees awarded

  2. 1,362 degrees awarded

  3. 518 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Albany County, NY was General Business Administration & Management with 498 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Albany County, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,946 degrees awarded

  2. 4,903 degrees awarded

  3. 1,658 degrees awarded

$6,470

Median In-State Public

$30,428

Median Private

In 2016, the Albany County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Excelsior College with 4,946 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,252

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,175

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 6,252 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Albany County, NY, which is 0.765 times less than the 8,175 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Albany County, NY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,828 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,985 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,302 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Albany County, NY were to White students. These 8,828 degrees mean that there were 4.45 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,985 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Albany County, NY was $227,000 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $221,500 to $227,000, a 2.48% increase. The homeownership rate in Albany County, NY is 56.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Albany County, NY have an average commute time of 20 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Albany County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$66,204

Median Household Income

± $3,583

124k

Number of Households

± 5,423

In 2017, the median household income of the 124k households in Albany County, NY grew to $66,204 from the previous year's value of $61,754.

The following chart displays the households in Albany County, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$227,000

2017 Median

± $7,061

$221,500

2016 Median

± $5,181

In 2017, the median property value in Albany County, NY grew to to $227,000 from the previous year's value of $221,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Albany County, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Albany County, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Albany County, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Albany County, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.9%

2017 Homeownership

54.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.9% of the housing units in Albany County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Albany County, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Albany County, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Albany County, NY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Albany County, NY have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.05% of the workforce in Albany County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.83%

  3. Public Transit

    6.58%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Albany County, NY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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