Albany, NY

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Population

98,498

0.0742% growth

Median Age

30.9


Median Household Income

$43,790

3.44% growth

Poverty Rate

24.5%


Number of Employees

48,161

1.26% growth

Median Property Value

$171,900

0.463% decline

About

In 2017, Albany, NY had a population of 98.5k people with a median age of 30.9 and a median household income of $43,790. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Albany, NY grew from 98,425 to 98,498, a 0.0742% increase and its median household income grew from $42,335 to $43,790, a 3.44% increase.

The population of Albany, NY is 50.6% White Alone, 27.2% Black or African American Alone, and 9.76% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Albany, NY speak a non-English language, and 93.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Albany, 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, NY is $171,900, and the homeownership rate is 37.2%. Most people in Albany, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Albany, NY is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Albany, NY employs 48.2k people. The largest industries in Albany, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,477 people), Public Administration (5,929 people), and Educational Services (5,644 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($57,135), Public Administration ($54,226), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,011).

Median household income in Albany, NY is $43,790. Males in Albany, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,246. The income inequality in Albany, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,790

2017 value

± $2,212

3.44%

1 Year Growth

± 6.66%

Households in Albany, NY have a median annual income of $43,790, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,335 in 2016, which represents a 3.44% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,804

Average Male Salary

± $1,164

$59,246

Average Female Salary

± $829

In 2017, full-time male employees in New York made 1.3 times more than female 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

    $65,105 ± $849

  2. Asian

    $62,456 ± $2,350

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,207 ± $3,026

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.499

2017 Wage GINI

0.497

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.362% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 19.02

  2. Census Tract 4.01

  3. Census Tract 19.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Albany, NY was Census Tract 19.02 with a value of $77,847, followed by Census Tract 4.01 and Census Tract 19.01, with respective values of $72,168 and $71,806.

The following map shows all of the places in Albany, 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

24.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Albany, NY (21.9k out of 89.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher 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

    8,614 ± 778

  2. Black

    8,556 ± 722

  3. Hispanic

    3,229 ± 450

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Albany, 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

48.2k

2017 Value

± 1,637

1.26%

1 Year growth

± 4.72%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Albany, NY grew at a rate of 1.26%, from 47.6k employees to 48.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Albany, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,353 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,662 people), and Management Occupations (4,039 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Albany, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Albany, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,353 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,662 people), and Management Occupations (4,039 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Albany, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.84 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.8 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.71 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Albany, NY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($71,360), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,083), and Management Occupations ($62,683).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

48.2k

2017 Value

± 1,637

1.26%

1 Year growth

± 4.72%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Albany, NY grew at a rate of 1.26%, from 47.6k employees to 48.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Albany, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,477 people), Public Administration (5,929 people), and Educational Services (5,644 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Albany, NY, though some of these residents may live in Albany, 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, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,477 people), Public Administration (5,929 people), and Educational Services (5,644 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Albany, NY has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.64 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.42 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Albany, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($57,135), Public Administration ($54,226), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,011).

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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 ($47.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($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

92.8% of the population of Albany, NY has health coverage, with 48.9% on employee plans, 22.7% on Medicaid, 8.88% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 0.766% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Albany, NY see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1199 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1240 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 393 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

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New York see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1,199 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New York 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

7.15%

Uninsured

48.9%

Employer Coverage

22.7%

Medicaid

8.88%

Medicare

11.6%

Non-Group

0.766%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Albany, NY declined by 12.3% from 8.15% to 7.15%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Albany, 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, NY is home to a population of 98.5k people, from which 93.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 12.7% of Albany, NY residents were born outside of the country (12.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Albany, NY is composed of 49.8k White Alone residents (50.6%), 26.8k Black or African American Alone residents (27.2%), 9.61k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.76%), 7.32k Asian Alone residents (7.43%), 4.46k Two or More Races residents (4.52%), 283 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.287%), 134 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.136%), and 32 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0325%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Albany, NY was 30.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Albany, NY are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Albany, NY residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

12.5k people

11.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

11.7k people

As of 2017, 12.7% of Albany, NY residents (12.5k people) 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, NY was 11.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,406 ± 17,230 people

  2. China

    402,542 ± 15,418 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,917 ± 11,952 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,406 New York residents, followed by China with 402,542 and Jamaica with 239,917.

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Citizenship

93.3%

2017 Citizenship

93.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.3% of Albany, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Albany, NY was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    49.8k ± 1.07k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    26.8k ± 953

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    9.61k ± 1.1k

In 2017, there were 1.86 times more White Alone residents (49.8k people) in Albany, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.8k Black or African American Alone and 9.61k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Albany, 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, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Albany, NY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Albany, 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

    1,120 ± 195

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    555 ± 175

  3. Korea

    343 ± 108

Albany, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Albany, NY awarded 12,990 degrees. The student population of Albany, NY is skewed towards women, with 30,683 male students and 36,868 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Albany, NY are White (7,769 and 62.7%), followed by Black or African American (1,826 and 14.7%), Hispanic or Latino (1,214 and 9.8%), and Asian (609 and 4.91%).

The largest universities in Albany, NY by number of degrees awarded are Excelsior College (4,946 and 38.1%), SUNY at Albany (4,903 and 37.7%), and The College of Saint Rose (1,658 and 12.8%).

The most popular majors in Albany, NY are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,671 and 12.9%), Registered Nursing (1,299 and 10%), and General Business Administration & Management (1,139 and 8.77%).

The median tuition costs in Albany, NY are $29,656 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. 442 degrees awarded

  2. 1,362 degrees awarded

  3. 498 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Albany, NY was General Psychology with 442 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Albany, 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

$29,656

Median Private

In 2016, the Albany, 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

5,722

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,268

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 5,722 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Albany, NY, which is 0.787 times less than the 7,268 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,769 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,826 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,214 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Albany, NY were to White students. These 7,769 degrees mean that there were 4.25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,826 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Albany, NY was $171,900 in 2017, which is 0.79 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $172,700 to $171,900, a 0.463% decrease. The homeownership rate in Albany, NY is 37.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Albany, NY have an average commute time of 18.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Albany, NY is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,790

Median Household Income

± $2,212

41.2k

Number of Households

± 1,398

In 2017, the median household income of the 41.2k households in Albany, NY grew to $43,790 from the previous year's value of $42,335.

The following chart displays the households in Albany, 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$171,900

2017 Median

± $3,580

$172,700

2016 Median

± $3,624

In 2017, the median property value in Albany, NY declined from to $171,900 from the previous year's value of $172,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Albany, 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, 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, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Albany, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

37.2%

2017 Homeownership

37%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 37.2% of the housing units in Albany, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 37%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

18.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Albany, NY have a shorter commute time (18.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.08% of the workforce in Albany, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    62.5%

  2. Public Transit

    14.3%

  3. Walked

    10.6%

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

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