Welcome to New Yorks Capital District!
The Capital District is a region in upstate New York that generally refers to the four counties surrounding Albany, the capital of the state:Albany County, Schenectady County, Rensselaer County, and Saratoga County. Often the other counties of the Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam Combined Statistical Area and Greene County are included, especially for economic and demographic compilations and regional planning.
Albany is often derided as "Smallbany" (also spelled Smalbany) for its perceived lack of culture and as a backwater in tourism circles, even though it consistently ranks high on lists of top cities/metro areas for culture, such as being 23rd in the book Cities Ranked & Rated, Albany-Schenectady-Troy ranked 12th among large metro areas and Glens Falls ranked 12th among the small metro areas, in Sperling's Best Places, and Expansion Management (a monthly business magazine) gave the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area five Stars, its highest ranking, for quality of life features. The Capital District has many museums, historical sites, art galleries, and festivals that stretch back to the 1600s.
The Capital District is notable for many historical and industrial events. The Battle of Saratoga and the Albany Plan of Union are two historical events from before American independence which are now considered of national and sometimes also of international importance. Many multinational corporations were founded in the Capital District including New York Central Railroad, American Express, General Electric, American Locomotive Company, and International Paper.
The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s and came under British control in 1664. Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797.
Part of the area's charm comes from the high quality of life it's residents enjoy. From the low unemployment rates, (currently 7% compared to the nationwide average of 10%) stable economy, 1st rate educational opportunities, low crime rates and relatively easy commutes. It's easy to see why more and more businesses and families are finding out about our previously hidden gem.
The area is conveniently located within a few hours drive to major cities such as New York City, Boston and Montreal. It is a short drive to the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, Green Mountains of Vermont, Lake George, Lake Champlain and the 1000 Islands.
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