Albany conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.
But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Albany.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Albany ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Albany area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Albany proper, although Country Knolls certainly tries.
We examined the 21 biggest suburbs of Albany to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in New York, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Albany in terms of quality of life:
- Green Island
- Hampton Manor
- East Glenville
Read on to see how we determined the places around Albany that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.
How we determined the worst Albany ‘burbs
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Low unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High number of high school drop outs
Then, we ranked each place that have over 2,000 people around Albany for each of these criteria from worst to best.
The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Albany.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Albany to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 21 suburbs ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.
Median Income: $48,314
Median Home Value: $147,600
2. Green Island
Median Income: $55,000
Median Home Value: $123,600
Median Income: $44,159
Median Home Value: $134,500
Median Income: $59,262
Median Home Value: $158,400
Median Income: $44,534
Median Home Value: $151,500
Median Income: $48,205
Median Home Value: $169,000
Median Income: $57,179
Median Home Value: $147,400
Median Income: $78,974
Median Home Value: $169,900
9. Hampton Manor
Median Income: $48,916
Median Home Value: $151,700
10. East Glenville
Median Income: $70,526
Median Home Value: $196,900
The areas around Albany that you probably don’t want to live in
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Albany with Rensselaer landing ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Albany aren’t all bad. Country Knolls takes the cake as the best place to live around Albany.
For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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