The lively, bustling Town of Colonie is located within the Capital District area and offers a combination of urban excitement and residential appeal. Its close proximity to the capital city of Albany provides a dynamic environment that fosters rigorous and continued economic growth.
With a population of approximately 80,000, Colonie sports a wide variety of excellent recreational, cultural and shopping prospects. Colonie is a business-friendly environment and there continues to be available land for commercial investment and development as well as many office buildings and complexes currently available. Median household income is above the state average.
Recreation and cultural activities include the nearby Albany Symphony Orchestra, Empire State Plaza, the New York State Capital, museums and galleries. The Adirondack Mountains are directly to the north, providing a six million acre playground for every type of outdoor activity. Locally, the town park is comprised of 150 acres that includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool for residents as well as tennis courts, nature and cross-country ski trails, a boat launch and a playground. There are also five softball fields and picnic facilities. If shopping is your favorite recreational activity, Colonie will give you access to every type of retail environment, from specialty stores and shops, to outlets and malls. Whatever you're looking for, you’ll find it here!
Getting around Colonie is never a problem. Public transportation is available, and there is easy access to all the major highways in the area. Its close proximity to Albany ensures an easy route in and out of the city, with Albany International Airport just three miles away, and only nine miles to Albany/Rennselaer Amtrak station.
Colonie schools demand and provide excellence for their students. The North Colonie School District was selected as the top school district out of 85 area schools by the Capital District Business Review for 2005-2006. Shaker High School graduated 97% of its seniors with Regents Diplomas.
Secondary education is also well represented in the immediate area. Universities within 15 miles:
- Siena College
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Hudson Valley Community College
- Excelsior College
- The College of Saint Rose
- SUNY Albany
- Union College
Colonie continues to draw residents here to take advantage of the excellent quality of life that it provides for individuals and families.