April 11 2023
News,Regional/County Profiles,Research & Development

Capital Region Population Growth Steady in 2022, Saratoga County 2nd Fastest in NY

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Saratoga County was New York’s second fastest-growing county in 2022. Additionally, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties were three of only 10 New York counties to see domestic migration growth over the year, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.


The Capital Region experienced nearly flat population growth in 2022, but it managed to outperform New York’s nine other economic development regions. As of July 1, 2022, the eight-county Capital Region had a population of 1,110,341. That was a decline of 2,156 (0.2 percent) from one year earlier. During the same period, the five-county Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan statistical area (MSA) saw its population decline by 0.1 percent to 904,617.


In 2022, Saratoga County was New York’s second fastest-growing county, with an annual growth rate of 0.4 percent, trailing New York County at 1.1 percent. Only seven New York counties experienced net population gains last year, and Saratoga County’s increase of 835 was the third largest in the state. The Capital Region counties with the greatest population declines were Rensselaer (-887) and Columbia (-735) counties.


Only 10 of New York’s 62 counties saw annual increases in domestic migration in 2022, and three of them were in the Capital Region: Saratoga (728), Warren (86) and Washington (57). At -1,499, Albany County had the region’s largest domestic migration decline, which was also the 47th largest in the state.



In April 2021, CEG launched a talent attraction campaign using the CapNY brand, along with a website – GoCapNY.com – and its associated social media channels. To help attract even more young professionals to the Capital Region, CEG launched a CapNY Connectors initiative. The Connectors are local residents who love living in the Capital Region and who have volunteered to share that love to help connect prospective new residents to our community. They work in diverse industries, pursue unique interests, and come from all walks of life. The CapNY Connectors are available to answer questions and discuss first-hand experience of what it’s like to work and live in CapNY.

Young professionals can find a connector who shares their interests and ambitions by checking out the profiles on the GoCapNY website. Website visitors who are unsure of whom they should connect with, can fill out the form to provide some additional details, and the CapNY networking team will make a connection for them.

Visit CapNY Connectors at https://gocapny.com/capny-connectors.


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