April 14 2020
Regional/County Profiles

Capital Region Has NY’s 2nd Fastest-Growing City

The Capital Region had New York’s second fastest-growing county over the year, and the 10-year growth of its largest metropolitan area has earned it the title of “The City Americans Are Flocking to in New York.”

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Schenectady County’s population totaled 155,299 in 2019, up 0.1 percent from the previous year. That was the state’s second-fastest growth rate, trailing Orange County. Washington County ranked fourth in the state for total domestic migration (63).

Despite Schenectady County’s annual strong performance, the Capital Region’s total population declined by 0.2 percent to 1,081,179. The five-county Albany-Troy-Schenectady metropolitan statistical area (MSA) likewise saw a 0.2 percent annual decline to 880,381.

Over the past 10 years, both Schenectady and Saratoga County have seen population growth. Saratoga County’s 4.4 percent gain was the highest in the state between 2010 and 2019, and Schenectady County’s 0.3 percent gain was the 14th highest.

Citing a 0.3 percent migration gain and 1.4 percent increase in population between 2010 and 2018, 24/7 Wall St. recently named the Albany metro The City Americans Are Flocking to in New York. The 2010-2019 growth rate was 1.1 percent.

CEG Activities

During the coronavirus crisis, CEG has shifted its efforts to help Capital Region businesses adapt to the economic disruption. CEG is helping businesses ramp up or pivot operations to make high-demand products or while providing others with guidance on or connections for financial support. Traditionally, CEG has worked to attract more people to the Capital Region by engaging in the following activities:

Regional Branding Initiative: CEG is partnering with business and community leaders, to launch a regional branding initiative to raise the Capital Region’s profile as a 1-million-strong metro region with distinct competitive advantages, including strategic location, educational assets, cultural vibrancy, innovation, recreational opportunities, affordability and livability.

Industry Attraction: CEG regularly represents the Capital Region’s key technology sectors at industry conferences worldwide. In 2018, CEG attended 25 trade shows and conferences and identified and pursued 93 new project leads

Talent Attraction: To assist local employers recruit talent to the region, CEG’s Talent Connect program assists new hires and their families acclimate to their new home here. Talent Connect also represents local employers at job fairs throughout the Northeast, attending 19 in 2018.

Veteran Connect Center (VCC): CEG launched the VCC to help local employers recruit transitioning service members and veterans worldwide. Through the VCC, employers can access JobPath software, the nation’s leading veteran employment platform for transitioning service members. JobPath helps employers identify workers with military skillsets that meet their needs, and vice-versa.

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