Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

Total Population: 881,830

(An increase of 1.28 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 58,106
  • Language Spoken at Home - 71,014

Quick Facts

  • Approximately twelve percent of the population speaks a language other than English at home.

  • The Hispanic population in the Capital District has grown by over 80% since the year 2000, making them the fastest growing ethnic group in the metro area.

  • The largest foreign-born population is the Asian people at over fifty percent of the immigrant population, many of which live in the suburbs.

  • Less than forty percent of the Asian population population lives in the three major cities in the metro area, the large marjority of which have arrived since 2000.


Historically, Albany's people groups were primarily from Europe. All the way through the mid 1900's the large majority of the area's foreign-born population came from western European countries such as Italy, Germany, France, Poland, and Ireland. The effects of these people can still be seen throughout the city. There are multiple European enclaves located throughout the city that carry on the heritage of the immigrants that lived in those areas.

More recently, the demographics have begun to shift. The largest ethnic group in the area at the present are from Asian countries. As early as 1980 there is evidence of Asian immigrants moving into the metro area. Originally these people would settle in the major cities, making their homes in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy. However, recently the Asian immigrants have begun to congregate in more suburban areas. More than half of the Asian population in the area live outside of the three major cities.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 33 results.
StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic5,527
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic4,634
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism4,528
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism2,720
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,349
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,111
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,781
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,201
Albanian, ToskAlbaniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,031
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia1,004
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism814
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana699
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism680
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam932
NigerianNigeriaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant382
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam368
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada327
ArmenianArmeniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox316
AfghanAfghanistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam310
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam240
Triqui, CopalaMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic200
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,149
GuyaneseGuyanaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity4,329
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity2,605
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,068

Ethnic Links

Albany Ethnic Market Map- A great link to see the locations of all the different ethnic markets located in and around Albany, NY.