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Welcome to Albany ...

The city of Albany is located in Albany County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of New York.

Albany was established in 1614.

When the people of Albany refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Albanian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Albany has a population of 96,033 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Albany is 220 feet [67 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Albany lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Albany: (518)

Websites for Albany ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Albany had an population of 96,033 people. This is a decrease of 1.86% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.39% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Albany had a population of 97,856 people (or 32.17% of the total population of Albany County). This makes Albany the county's most populous community.

The population of Albany represents 0.5% of the total population of New York (which has 19,378,102 people), making it the state's 17th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 97,856 people, the population of Albany increased 2.3% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 95,658 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Albany.

Communities Also Named Albany ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 33 communities that are also named Albany - they are located in California, Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Minnesota, Missouri (3), Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio (3), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island, Tennessee (2), Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Albany.

Communities near Albany ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Albany.

  • Schenectady
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Troy
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Troy
    • Troy is located in Rensselaer County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 48,804 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Troy <5>
  • Cohoes
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
  • Scotia
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scotia have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotia
    • Scotia is located in Schenectady County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,618 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotia <5>
  • Mechanicville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Wyantskill
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wyantskill came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyantskill
    • Wyantskill is located in Rensselaer County
  • Ravena
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
  • Green Island
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Island have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Island
    • Green Island is located in Albany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,879 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green Island <5>
  • Voorheesville
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Voorheesville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Voorheesville
    • Voorheesville is located in Albany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,750 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Voorheesville <5>
  • Waterford
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Albany. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Albany.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Albany. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Albany.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Albany. Our list includes 299 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Albany.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Albany ...

Looking for more information about Albany? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Albany, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Albany.

Adding Albany to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Albany in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Albany was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Albany post office opened in 1776.

We also found Albany in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (1803).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Albany.

The official website for Albany:

The official website for Albany County:

The official website for State of New York:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Albany, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Albany refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Albany may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Albany.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Albany - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>If we found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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