From the wide array of restaurants to the vibrant performing arts scene, there are many reasons why people choose to visit and live in Albany. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recognized New York’s capital city as one of the best places to live in the U.S. for 2021-2022.
Albany Has Been Ranked the Best Place to Live in New York State
Each year, U.S. News & World Report analyzes the 150 most populous metro areas and determines which ones are the best places to live according to several criteria. To make the top of the list, communities must have a strong job market, be a desirable place to live, offer a great quality of life, and be affordable for people who own or rent a home.
For those of us who live in Albany, it’s no surprise that the city was named the 45th best place to live in the U.S. for 2021-2022, which is the highest ranking by any New York State city on the list. Some of the reasons Albany received this ranking include the city’s unemployment rate, which is lower than the national average, and the housing costs from 2020, which are also lower than the national average.
Additionally, there is no shortage of fun things to do for Albany residents. Not only is the city conveniently located between the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley, but it’s home to a lively downtown area filled with unique restaurants, cultural hotspots and entertainment venues, historic buildings, and small businesses.
For these reasons and more, Albany earned its top 50 ranking for 2021-2022.
- U.S. News & World Report – 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2021-2022