We're right next door to the east coast's most bustling cities.
When you live in the Capital Region, you don't have to sacrifice the benefits of living in a big city. We're only a 2-hour train ride from Manhattan and a 3-hour drive from Boston.
You'll love the charm of Saratoga in the summer.
Saratoga, NY is renowned for its summer atmosphere. Saratoga Race Course, one of the oldest and most unique sporting venues in America, is an attraction that draws people from all over the world. Not to mention amazing concerts at SPAC and a fantastic restaurant and bar scene on Broadway.
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There are endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors.
Perhaps the best thing we have going for us in the Capital Region is our access to all the amazing nature that Upstate NY has to offer. We're just south of the Adirondack mountain range and just north of the Catskills, so we're surrounded by amazing lakes and mountains, in addition to an abundance of resorts to ski to your heart's content. If you like to spend your time outdoors, no other region offers such breathtaking nature so close to the action of the city.
Your home won't cost you an arm and a leg.
According to NerdWallet's cost of living calculator:
in Albany, NY
Both Albany and Schenectady boast cost-of-living indexes below the national average, and both cost significantly less to live in than other popular US cities. See the chart below for a comparison of three popular American cities with Schenectady, NY on six points of living, relative to the national average.
Cost of Living Comparison vs Schenectady
We have an atmosphere of high stability and low stress.
Because Albany is the capital of the state, many individuals in our workforce are in state government jobs. That in combination with the handful of colleges and universities in the area means that we have a very stable job market, giving way to a low-stress atmosphere that you can feel. We also have big-city infrastructure, so you never need to worry about hitting traffic on your way to work. In fact, the Capital Region consistently ranks in the top 5 of the BestPlaces list of least stressful cities.
Our schools are among the best in the nation.
Parents who want the best education for their children often move to Upstate NY to give them just that. Our schools, both public and private, are competitive for their academic caliber and their extracurricular involvement just the same. See the US News report for Bethlehem Central Senior High School to see for yourself why parents choose Upstate NY.