The Capital Region

The Capital Region of New York offers a variety of arts, entertainment, excellent schools and colleges and outside activities. Located within a 2-4 hour drive of New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Vermont skiing, it is perfectly situated to provide numerous cultural and entertainment options while allowing for an affordable cost of living.

The Capital Region consists of a four county core:
Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga. Framed by the Adirondack
mountains to the north, the Catskills to the south and the Berkshires
to the east, the region's multi- centered development pattern is
supported by a first rate highway network and the availability of
convenient and affordable rail and public bus transportation to
urban areas.

Primary and Secondary Education

The area sports a wide variety of primary and post-secondary institutions giving parents an unparalleled choice for their children's educational needs. From rural to urban, traditional to magnet, public to private, the schools of the Capital Region provide a diverse and exciting educational atmosphere.

Higher Education

The Capital Region is host to over 20 higher education institutions with ten of those offering baccalaureate degrees and eight offering graduate level courses. Albany also has a medical and law school and a school of pharmacy. Licensed proprietary schools in insurance, travel, beauty culture, medical assisting and radio and television broadcasting are also located in the region.

The Arts

The Capital Region is alive with the performing arts. The area supports two local symphonies and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. SPAC also hosts several outdoor concerts and popular jazz and country music weekends. Theatres in the region host Broadway shows, children's events and touring dance and theatrical companies. There are also many museums including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the New York State Museum, the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, the National Museum of Dance, and several children's museums .


Albany is home to professional minor league sports franchises including the Tri-City Valley Cats (baseball ), the Albany River Rats (hockey), and the Albany Attack (lacrosse). The University at Albany and Siena College also offer the Capital Region several NCAA Division I athletic teams. In July and August, nearby Saratoga Springs becomes "The Summer Place To Be" with world class horse racing and all the events that surround it including the National Racing Hall of Fame.

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