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 Profiles

Displaying 1-25 of 33 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism2,720
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,781
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,149
Albanian, ToskAlbaniaEurasian PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,031
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia1,004
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism814
Arab, EgyptianEgyptArab WorldIslam368
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada327
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaArab WorldIslam240
ItalianItalyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic5,527
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic4,634
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism4,528
GuyaneseGuyanaNorth American PeoplesChristianity4,329
JamaicanJamaicaNorth American PeoplesChristianity2,605
PolePolandEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,349
RussianRussiaEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,111
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,068
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic2,047
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant1,379
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,279
GreekGreeceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,201
DominicanDominican RepublicLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,048
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana699

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.