May 16 2024
Regional/County Profiles

Cohoes and Albany See 3rd and 4th Biggest Population Gains among NYS Cities

Cohoes, Albany and Rensselaer had some of the biggest annual population gains among New York cities in 2023. At the same time, in Saratoga County, Corinth was the eighth biggest-gaining village in the state, and Milton was the fifth biggest-gaining town, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.


As of July 1, 2023, Cohoes had a population of 18,206, up 350 people (2.0 percent) from a year earlier. That made Cohoes the state’s third biggest-gaining city in New York, followed by Albany (344). The City of Rensselaer had the sixth largest annual population increase (82). Only 10 of New York’s 62 cities had year-over-year population gains in 2023. Among Capital Region cities, population losses were steepest in Troy (-126), Hudson (-87) and Glens Falls (-70).

Villages and Towns

Among Capital Region villages, Corinth had the largest annual population gain (105). Lake George, Round Lake and Castleton-on-Hudson were the only other Capital Region villages with population gains, but they were in the single digits. Capital Region village population losses were steepest in Ballston Spa (-44), Colonie (-36) and Valatie (-35).

Thirty-one Capital Region towns experienced annual population growth. They were led by Milton (597), Rotterdam (171) and Colonie (149). Among Capital Region towns, year-over-year losses were steepest in Fort Ann (-545), Clifton Park (-272) and Guilderland (-129).


In April 2021, CEG launched a talent attraction campaign using the CapNY brand, along with a website – – 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


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