More and more people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Albany to avoid all the hustle and bustle.
So the question arises: what suburbs of Albany are the worst?
Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Albany ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Albany area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to Albany proper, although Ballston Spa certainly tries.
We examined the 21 biggest suburbs of Albany to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in New York lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Albany in terms of quality of life.
Now don’t freak out.
What’s the worst suburb of Albany? Amsterdam ranks as the worst suburb of Albany for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Albany too.
The 10 Worst Albany Suburbs To Live For 2023
Median Income: $43,164 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $92,900 (lowest)
More on Amsterdam: Data
We’ll get the ball rolling with Amsterdam, the absolute worst place to live around Albany according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Amsterdam beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Albany area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks worst when it comes to home values.
But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Amsterdam.
You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area. There aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.
Median Income: $40,417 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $240,800 (18th lowest)
More on Hudson: Data
Welcome to Hudson. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 28.6 miles to Albany. Income levels here are the lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $40,417 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.
Median Income: $50,237 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $118,300 (3rd lowest)
More on Schenectady: Data
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Albany suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Schenectady on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.
In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school dropout rate is poor compared to other Albany suburbs.
But at least there are lovely parks to bring the kids during the day.
4. Green Island
Median Income: $57,750 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $134,300 (5th lowest)
More on Green Island:
If you live in Green Island, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 11th lowest Albany suburb for median household incomes.
Not only that, but this is the 3rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Albany. Remember, we looked at 21 cities for this study.
Green Island is about 7.8 miles to downtown.
Median Income: $42,091 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $106,900 (2nd lowest)
More on Greenville:
Greenville has the distinction of being a Albany suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Greenville has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Albany area, where the median price is $106,900. The median income is $98,646.
Greenville has an unemployment rate of 3.31% which ranks 15th worst.
Median Income: $47,560 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $146,900 (7th lowest)
More on Milton:
Milton has 6,641 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)
Incomes are towards the bottom, and the poverty rate sits at 12.705918242830991%.
Median Income: $50,304 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (10th lowest)
More on Troy: Data
Ah, Troy. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Albany.
It’s the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Albany metro area (8.58%).
Median Income: $53,507 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $179,700 (15th lowest)
More on Coxsackie:
Coxsackie is a city about 21.3 miles from Albany, but Albany probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a worse place to live. Coxsackie has the 15th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the highest unemployment rate (11.93%) in the entire Albany metro area.
Homes only cost $179,700 for a reason. That’s cheap for Albany standards.
Median Income: $46,205 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $154,000 (9th lowest)
More on Watervliet: Data
If you absolutely have to live near Albany, then Watervliet might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Albany suburb.
About 4.96% of residents are out of work.
10. Hoosick Falls
Median Income: $54,744 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $132,000 (4th lowest)
More on Hoosick Falls:
Rounding out the ten worst Albany suburbs to call home is Hoosick Falls.
Located 27.9 miles outside the city, Hoosick Fallss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 19th highest unemployment rate (2.26%), and poverty is far above the area average.
Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Albany for 2023
To figure out how bad a Albany suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.
It’s Saturday Night Science.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, this is the criteria we used:
- High unemployment rate
- Low median household incomes
- Low population density (no things to do)
- Low home values
- A lot of high school dropouts
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Albany.
We also limited the analysis to places with over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 21 suburbs to evaluate around Albany.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the “worst.”
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index, the “Worst Suburb near Albany.” We’re looking at you, Amsterdam.
We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Albany.
Summary: The areas around Albany where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Albany with Amsterdam casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Albany aren’t all bad. Ballston Spa takes the cake as the best place to live around Albany.
- Ballston Spa
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Detailed List Of The Worst Albany Suburbs
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