Teaching in NY

Capital Region

The eight-county Capital Region might be called the hub of upstate New York. Home to Albany, the State capital, and historic Saratoga, it is the link between New York City, Boston, Montreal, and central New York. Its topography encompasses sections of the fertile Hudson and Mohawk River Valleys, as well as portions of the State's two major mountain ranges, the Adirondacks and the Catskills.

Mean Daily Temperature:
January 21.5° F
July 72.0° F


Households: 382,149
Total Personal Income: $24.8 billion
Per Capita Income: $30,922
Median Home Sales Price:  (Albany Co.) $129,900


Population 1,034,331
Albany County 294,865
  City of Albany 93,779
Columbia County 63,079
  City of Hudson 7,452
Greene County 48,373
  Village of Catskill 4,350
Rensselaer County 152,820
  City of Troy 48,818
Saratoga County 204,276
  City of Saratoga Springs 27,014
Schenectady County 146,247
  City of Schenectady 61,420
Warren County 63,572
  City of Glens Falls 14,194
Washington County 61,081

Business and Industry
As home to the state capital, Albany, government has historically been the leading source of jobs in the Capital Region. Recently, the service sector has overtaken that role, boosted by the region's growth as a vacation destination showcasing major attractions such as Lake George, Saratoga Springs and the Catskills.

Manufacturing accounts for close to 10 percent of all non-farm jobs in the region, with General Electric Company (GE) a major employer. The region is also one of the State's premier high technology centers, with such world-class research institutions as Albany Medical Center, GE Corporate Research and Development, Knolls Atomic Power Lab and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, among others.


  • Highways: Three major interstate highways - the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-90), the Adirondack Northway (I-87) and I-88 - serve all parts of the region.

  • Air Service: A number of major national airlines and regional commuters provide air service at the newly expanded Albany International Airport; other smaller airports service outlying areas.

  • Rail Service: Amtrak provides railway passenger service in all directions.

  • Bus Service: The Capital District Transportation Authority serves a four-county metropolitan area, while a half-dozen private commuter service lines provide local and long-distance service.

Higher Education Institutions
More than 66,000 students are enrolled in the area's four-year and two-year colleges and universities. Below are the major institutions, with those offering teacher education programs with an asterisk.

Adirondack Community College
Albany College of Pharmacy
Albany Law School
Albany Medical College
College of Saint Rose*
Columbia-Greene Community College
Hudson Valley Community College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sage Colleges*
Schenectady County Community College
Siena College*
Skidmore College*
SUNY at Albany*
SUNY Empire State College
Union College*

Health Care-major hospitals
Albany Medical Center, Albany
VA Hospital, Albany
St. Peter's Hospital, Albany
Samaritan Hospital, Troy
Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls
Memorial Hospital, Albany
Ellis Hospital, Schenectady

Quality of Life
A variety of cultural and recreational offerings make the Capital Region a highly desirable place in which to live and work. Sports fans enjoy a variety of professional and collegiate sporting events, or take to the outdoors for water sports, golfing, hiking or skiing. Saratoga offers the nation's oldest and most prestigious thoroughbred racetrack and a trotting track, along with the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Information obtained from numerous New York State sources (1/24/2007).

Last Updated: August 31, 2009