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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Albany, New York is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Albany, New York is more expensive.

Overall, Albany, New York cost of living is 102.10.

  COST OF LIVINGAlbany, New YorkUnited States
  Overall  102100
  Grocery  106.4100
  Health  108100
  Housing  92100
  Utilities  97100
  Transportation  106100
  Miscellaneous  109100


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Terrible economy. No jobs.
Unless you work for the state the only job options (possibly) are retail jobs with a huge turn... (read more)
albany ny apartments
Albany is a wonderful place to live. Especially now that the market for real estate and housing is on the up and up again. I would recommend it to live in some Albany... (read more)
A mid-size city in upstate New York with a stable
Although state employees are a significant portion of the local workforce and budget cuts are looming, the job market has remained steady compared to other states.... (read more)
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Quality of Life
Quiet, fairly safe, economical, but not as international or cultural as many small cities on the east... (read more)
Albany is a nice place!
Hey, I disagree with the other posters. This isn't Boston or New York City. I'll list what I like about Albany. It's inexpensive to live here. Rents and housing... (read more)
Not what it used to be
As with most cities, living in Albany isn't what it used to be. I was born and grew up here and unfortunately never escaped. I agree with most of the negative comments... (read more)
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