Albany serves as the capital of New York State, and the metropolitan area is home to roughly 900,000 people. It is among the most well-educated, affluent, and fastest-growing areas in upstate New York, buoyed, in part, by the presence of state government, which has helped attract skilled workers and insulate the regional economy during economic downturns. Albany has also partnered with local academic institutions and New York State to successfully develop a high-tech cluster, largely focused on nanotechnology microchip circuits. As a result, the Albany area has also experienced a significant increase in manufacturing jobs in recent years, bucking the trend seen in most other parts of upstate New York.
|Albany||Glens Falls*||Utica*||New York State||USA|
|Pop growth, 10-year change1||2.7%||-2.1%||-1.8%||3.7%||8.1%|
|Job growth, 5-year change1||6.4%||0.8%||0.1%||8.3%||9.3%|
|Median household income2||$63,000||$52,000||$50,000||$62,000||$57,000|
|Median home price2||$200,000||$165,000||$120,000||$300,000||$200,000|
|Pop share age 25+ with BA+2||37.4%||24.9%||24.7%||35.7%||31.3%|