Albany is the state capital for New York and is America’s 32nd-most highly populated state capital city.
One amusing Guinness World Record pertaining to Albany is that its West Albany Mall is where professional tap teacher Anthony Morigerato performed a record 1,163 taps on June 23, 2011—the most ever achieved within a minute. Nicknames for Albany include Cradle of the Union and the 518 Cap City (where 518 refers to Albany’s area code).
Albany serves as headquarters for entertainment media retail chain Trans World Entertainment and engineering consulting firm Clough, Harbour & Associates LLP.
New York shipped U$76.720 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from New York are diamonds, paintings and other artwork, jewelry, gold, sculptures, civilian aircraft and precious stones according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Albany was 4% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Albany, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Erastus Corning Tower, Historic Cherry Hill, New York State Executive Mansion, Schuyler Mansion, Shaker Heritage Society, Ten Broeck Museum and the Times Union Center
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Albany, United States:
- Reid Scott, actor (born Nov. 19, 1977)
- Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator (born Dec. 9, 1956)
- John McTiernan, writer, director & producer (born Jan. 8, 1951)
- William Devane, actor (born Sep. 5, 1937)
- Christopher Bolduc, opera singer (born Mar. 12, 1980)
- Chad Collins, actor (born Sep. 22, 1979)
- Christian Finnegan, comedian & writer (born Apr. 1, 1973)
- Theo Hill, jazz pianist (born May 23, 1982)
- Andy Rooney, journalist & TV commentator (born Jan. 14, 1919)
- Jeremy Horne, professional CFL football player (born Oct. 25, 1986)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Albany resident: Albanian
Population: 98,469 (Albany city limits)
Density: 4,517 people per square mile (1,758 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,170,483 (Albany metropolitan area)
Density: 178 people per square mile (69 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$51.12 billion as of March 2015 (Albany metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $43,674
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Albany: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on July 17, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Guinness World Records, Top dancing – most taps in a minute. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Albany official website. Accessed on July 17, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on July 17, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on July 17, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on July 17, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on July 17, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Albany city flag. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Wikipedia, Albany, New York. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Wikipedia, New York. Accessed on July 17, 2017
Within city limits, Albany occupies 21.8 square miles (56 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 98,469 Albanians in 2016.
Also called the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area, Albany’s metropolitan area has a land area of 6,570 square miles (17,000 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.171 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Albany’s population density is 4,517 residents per square mile (1,758 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Albany metropolitan area with an average 178 inhabitants per square mile (69 per square kilometer).
Albany residents celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.