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Albany, New York

Albany, New York was among the earliest permanent settlements of the original thirteen U.S. Colonies and is the second oldest chartered city in the nation. Known as the “Crown Jewel” of NY, Albany was designated state capital in 1797 and has the distinction of being the site of the first American railroad.  The railroad spanned eleven miles and ran between Albany and Schenectady.  Today, Albany is a burgeoning city with a population of more than 95,000 residents (Census 2000 data).

Albany’s fascinating history lends itself to a wealth of rich cultural experiences that delight residents and visitors alike.  The city is home to the Historic Cherry Hill, New York State Capital, New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art.  Located in the heart of Empire State Plaza is The Egg, Albany’s premiere performing arts center.  Other sites of interest include the Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Palace Theatre. Albany is also home to various sporting events held at sites such as Heritage Park, the Pepsi Arena and Saratoga Racetrack. In addition, residents have access to a public golf course, several parks with playgrounds and other recreational facilities, public pools and a skating rink.

Trolleys and walking tours are a delightful way to discover the treasures of Albany, while the Hudson River offers an alternative vantage point from which to go sightseeing.  This beautiful region has something to offer its visitors in every season.  Spring greets Albany each year with bursts of vibrant colors celebrated during the annual Tulip Festival, while Alive-at-Five concerts gather the community along the riverfront in summer.  The foliage is spectacular in the autumn months and with winter comes exiting opportunities for skiing at some of NY’s finest slopes.

Albany serves as the seat of Albany County and supports a thriving economy solidly based in NY State Government.  Albany is located in the eastern region of the Empire State and lies 145 miles north of and slightly east of the wealth of opportunities available in New York City. Albany residents earn a median income for a family of nearly $40,000 per year.

Albany provides residents with an excellent public school system, complete with magnet schools and a variety of private schools from which to choose.  Higher learning facilities in the area are bountiful.  Choices include Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Sage College and the University at Albany, which is part of NY’s State University system.

Albany, New York covers nearly 22 square miles just south of the convergence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers.  This lovely capital city captures the spirit of historic New York while claiming its rightful place among modern times.  Albany is a scenic area sure to enchant those looking for a place to call home or a family-friendly vacation destination.


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