June 17 2020
General,Regional/County Profiles

Saratoga and Cohoes among NY’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Cities

Saratoga Springs and Cohoes were among New York’s top 10 fastest-growing cites in 2019. The region also had two top 10 fastest-growing towns and the state’s fastest-growing village, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) of U.S. Census Bureau estimates.



In 2019, Saratoga Springs was the state’s second fastest-growing city with a year-over-year population gain of 0.7 percent to 28,212. With a 0.2 percent gain to 16,687, Cohoes was the state’s eighth fastest-growing city.

Towns and Villages

Ballston and Green Island were the state’s seventh and eighth fastest-growing towns, seeing 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent population gains over the year, respectively. Driving that growth were population increases in those towns’ villages. Round Lakes was the state’s fastest-growing village with a 10.8 percent annual increase to 770 and Green Island was the 11th fastest-growing village with a 1.8 percent increase to 2,622.   


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.

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.

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.

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