Fast Facts About Albany
Albany is the capital city of the state of New York, the seat of Albany County, and the central city of New York’s four-county Capital District. State government is the largest employment sector in Albany. Albany has close ties with the nearby cities of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, forming a region called the Capital District.
Albany’s population has been declining while the greater Capital Region population continues to grow. The city had an estimated population of 93,539 in 2008. The population of the greater metropolitan area was estimated at 857,592 in 2009. In 2009, Albany’s Quadricentennial year(400 years), Albany won the prestigious All-American City award from National Civic League (NCL) for history, youth programming and an economic vision called Capitalize Albany.
Aided by the presence of strong universities, the Capital Region has been successful in attracting and retaining high technology businesses, including a world-class center for nanotech research and development, a global computer chip fabrication plant, alternative energy companies, and many other businesses.
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