The Capital Region has 1.1 million people living in eight counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington. The region spans 5,336 square miles; about the size of Connecticut. In addition to being the home of New York’s capital city (Albany), the region is a major talent generator with 23 higher education institutions. Key regional industry clusters include Semiconductors, Life Science, Digital Gaming and Clean Energy.

The Capital Region is in the middle of a major geographic zone – with
New York City, Boston and Montreal a three-hour drive away. The four-
season region is brimming with opportunities for leisure and recreation; surrounded by the Catskills, Berkshires and Adirondack mountains and
filled with arts, cultural and food destinations in between them.

Best Place to Live - US News & World Report
Best City for Millennials - Homebuyer
Top Life Science Research Talent Clusters - CBRE
Most Educated City in America - WalletHub


The region has one of the Top Inclusive Economic Growth Trajectories, according to Tulsa Innovation Labs, Aspen Institute, and Heartland Forward. call’s region’s housing market the 8th Most Affordable Market by Income. (2021)

The region has the third highest median household income among New York metro areas. ($72,810 in 2020)

The region’s Cost of Living Index (COLI) is 108.2, whereas 100 is the national average and the COLI for other tech hubs is far higher, such as 194.1 in San Francisco, 153.2 in Boston and 152.7 in Seattle. (2021)

PolicyGenius ranks the region the 22nd Most Affordable City for Renters. (2022) 



U.S. News & World Report ranks the region as the nation’s 21st Best Place to Live. (2022)

The region is a magnet for highly skilled, young talent, making it one of the nation’s Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals and Best Cities for New Graduates. (2022)

With an educational attainment rate at 35.5 percent, the region the 20th Most Educated City. (2022)



Albany is the nexus of CSX, Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific rail lines.

The Port of Albany is North America’s northernmost, year-round inland port.

The Port of Coeymans is the Northeast’s premier bridge assembly, construction, resource and disaster recovery hub.

Nearly 2 million passengers annually travel through Albany international Airport, which serves a dozen airlines and offers about two dozen non-stop destinations.

More than 379,000 travelers passed through the Albany-Rensselaer Station in FY2021 – Amtrak’s eigth busiest station.

R&D Capability

The region is one of 51 U.S. metro areas where the private sector spends more than $1 billion on R&D.

The region has the 16th most workers in the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry. (2021)

The region’s colleges and universities annually spend more than a half billion dollars on R&D.

The region’s tech firms and institutions received $73.5 million in NIH funds and $12.3 million in SBIR/STTR funds in FY2021.

The pharmaceutical industry funded 342 clinical trials for drug interventions that started in the region between 2014 and 2018.

More than 3,900 STEM degrees and 1,800 STEM-related health profession degrees are annually awarded by the region’s traditional colleges and universities. (2021)

New York’s Capital Region. A million strong. CAPable of aNYthing.

Affordable, vibrant, diverse and growing. Come to a place where you can make a difference. CapNY

Start your day with a bike ride across the Hudson. Grab an espresso at your favorite cafe. Work your job — Fortune 500 pharma, freelance web developer, loan officer at a community-based bank, baker, organic farmer… Next it’s local brews and an open mic. Go home to water your garden, tweak your latest game designs (yeah, you’ve kind of got a side hustle), watch the last of the sunset from your porch. Room to breathe. Dream big. Live large.
CapNY. CAPable of aNYthing.


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