Capital Region Living Magazine
 




Relocating to the Capital Region
By Dan Moran

Considering making our region your home?
The Upstate New York area is seeing a surge in people relocating to the region. Many are discovering the region for its quality of life and business opportunities (the region was selected as one of the most promising markets to start a business), and are being relocated to the area by many businesses from the Catskills to the Canadian border.

Employment is stable in our region for the most part
With a significant number of New York State employees in the region (over 25,000) and with our market being built on smaller and mid-sized businesses, the region is, to a degree, insulated from significant swings in employment or spending that occurs when there are changes in the economy on a national basis. While there have been large job losses in some US cities, jobs in our region continue to grow. Further, with the Tech Valley initiative, the prospects for continued growth are exceptional.

Living and working in the region
Our region and its' communities are as diverse as its climate. In the North County (Warren & Essex Counties) to the Canadian border, you can choose to live in a small Adirondack community like Lake Placid, or opt for additional services and a bit more city in Plattsburgh or Glens Falls.

In Saratoga County, the city of Saratoga Springs and its world-renowned racing season is “the place to be”. The city is abuzz year-round and is the choice for many who are relocating here for its quality of life, cultural offerings and beauty. Broadway, in Saratoga Springs, is so famous there is an identical replica of it in Orlando’s Disney World.

Traveling south on I-87 (known as the Northway to the locals), you will find yourself in the communities of Malta and Ballston Spa, beautiful locations with plenty of local services close to both Saratoga and Albany for commuting. Just further south is Clifton Park and Halfmoon—known as Albany’s “bedroom” communities where many people have opted to relocate or move to. Clifton Park features what you would expect any bedroom community to offer – malls, restaurants, shopping and activities.

Where the Northway begins is the hub of our region – the Capital District, which is composed of the cities and communities of Albany County, Schenectady County, Rensselaer County, and neighboring Schoharie County. The beauty of this hub area is that you can drive 15 minutes away, leave the city, and be in the country with all that rural living has to offer.

There is a wide choice of neighborhoods to choose from — in the city, in the “burbs,” out in the country or in developments. Real estate prices have stabilized over the past year after growing by leaps and bounds. A local realtor, who knows the community you are interested in, is your best choice to find that ideal home or apartment.

Across the Albany County border is beautiful Columbia County, known for its picturesque villages, quality of life and proximity to the Capital District and the Hudson Valley/New York City Region by highway or Amtrak train service. A bit further and you are in Greene County, the beginning of the Catskill Mountain Region, with the city of Hudson as its hub. Hudson has undergone a renaissance and is known for its’ antique shops and restaurants, largely the result of national media coverage by the Today show and other programs.

Resources for relocation
Where to go for information?

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