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Old 08-11-2019, 04:57 AM
 
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Hello- we currently live in a relatively small CT town but I have a job offer in Albany. I have traveled to Albany quite a bit for work but have not ventured into the suburbs. We currently live in a town where most homes have 2+ acres so there is some privacy between neighbors but there is a strong community feel- community day, different fundraisers, Trick or treating on Main Street, art fairs etc. I know that the culture of upstate NY is different than CT, but we are hoping to find a close knit community that is somewhat progressive, artistic, with very strong schools (we have a 3 yo and a 5 yo). We are also a biracial family and want to make sure we land in a town that is accepting (and even celebrates) diversity. Is this possible to find near Albany? I have read that Clifton park and Delmar have strong communities and good schools, but lack diversity. Biracial families are a minority where we are now (so that would not be new) but the community as a whole is very accepting. I am also aware of the weather and don’t want to travel a significant distance (especially in the snow) to commute to work each day. In terms of cost- our budget would be 500k for a 4+ bedroom house with (hopefully) a pool. Thanks in advance for the feedback!
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:19 AM
 
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You may have to loosen up the criteria a bit, but perhaps places like Ravena and Chatham would be a couple of small town communities south of Albany to look into. Both, while not very diverse, at least have long time and visible black populations, including churches that worship out of the African American tradition. Same with Coxsackie.

Villages such as Scotia, Altamont(Guilderland SD) and Ballston Spa are a few other communities to look into as well.

Menands and Colonie are more culturally diverse villages, but they don’t have the traditional village built environment that you would be looking for.

Hopefully others will chime in with more specific information.

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Old 08-11-2019, 12:57 PM
 
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OP, if you don’t mind me asking, but where in CT is this town located? You don’t have to say the exact place, but I’m asking to get a better idea of the type of community you are looking for.

Another thing to consider is that those small towns south of Albany are also close to Hudson, which is a small city with the type of vibe you are describing. So, that may be something to consider as well.

You could also go with Menands, which is very culturally diverse with high academic performance and get the artsy fix in Albany or Troy, which are both close.

So, this may come down to how you want to navigate the situation.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:09 PM
 
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Try around Saratoga Springs.



Seriously though, you are leaving one state from which people move to more tax friendly/better economy states like TX and SC and move to another where the same is happening. If you are ready to leave your home, look in states with better economies. You should be able to find a job there and better weather.


Good luck!
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:36 AM
 
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^They already have an offer and the cost of living would be lower. Many people just move to nearby states, as cost of living varies within states.

Albany has also had steady job growth.

Also, areas in those states aren’t necessarily more affordable. You just get hit in different ways(taxes vs. home prices). https://www.nar.realtor/research-and...-affordability

https://www.nahb.org/-/media/Sites/N...6A2D04159F7A27

There is also the aspect of pay, as average annual pay in the Albany area is higher than that of pretty much any area in those 2 states, especially SC. Just so people don’t think I’m making that up: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_10580.htm#00-0000

https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm#S

https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm#T

So, those are also some things to keep in mind, OP.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:36 AM
 
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OP, if you don’t mind me asking, but where in CT is this town located? You don’t have to say the exact place, but I’m asking to get a better idea of the type of community you are looking for.

Another thing to consider is that those small towns south of Albany are also close to Hudson, which is a small city with the type of vibe you are describing. So, that may be something to consider as well.

You could also go with Menands, which is very culturally diverse with high academic performance and get the artsy fix in Albany or Troy, which are both close.

So, this may come down to how you want to navigate the situation.


Thank you for your reply! We live close to southbury, CT. Obviously a more diverse community would be nice, but we are more focused on good schools and community activities with housing that allows for at least 1 acre. Thank you for the recommendations- we will check out these areas!
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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Thank you for your reply! We live close to southbury, CT. Obviously a more diverse community would be nice, but we are more focused on good schools and community activities with housing that allows for at least 1 acre. Thank you for the recommendations- we will check out these areas!
If it is mainly about schools, homes with at least an acre and activities, while still having a decent/good degree of diversity, I would consider North Colonie and Niskayuna(minus the walkable village for both). Both are top 5 SD’s in the area, while both having some of the most culturally diverse suburban SD’s in the area. https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000038458

https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000061851

Some information about other SD’s mentioned, Menands: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055344 (can attended North Colonie’s Shaker High, Watervliet High, South Colonie’s Colonie High, Green Island’s Heatly School or Tech Valley Charter High for HS, as it is a K-8th grade SD/School)

Ravena(-Coeymans-Selkirk): https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055435

Chatham: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000053737

Scotia(-Glenville): https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000038470

Ballston Spa: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000038604

Saratoga Springs: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000038555

Coxsackie(-Athens): https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000051490

Guilderland: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055306 (is also highly regarded)

Another good SD similar to Niskayuna and North Colonie demographically is South Colonie: https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000055401

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Old 08-12-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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Try around Saratoga Springs.



Seriously though, you are leaving one state from which people move to more tax friendly/better economy states like TX and SC and move to another where the same is happening. If you are ready to leave your home, look in states with better economies. You should be able to find a job there and better weather.


Good luck!
Sure. Just move to SC or TX without a job, rent an apartment, and you will find a job in no time. No problem!

You don't even know what the OP does for a living. Perhaps the OP wants to stay in the northeast near family.

The OP got a job in Albany, which is presumably a good job because he is willing to move. The region's economy is fine. The cost of living is low. There is plenty of culture. You are near the Adirondacks and really close to the Berkshires.

Solution to cold weather - lots of layers. And it's not that much colder than where the OP is coming from.

Good Luck, OP!
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:59 PM
 
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Thank you for your reply! We live close to southbury, CT. Obviously a more diverse community would be nice, but we are more focused on good schools and community activities with housing that allows for at least 1 acre. Thank you for the recommendations- we will check out these areas!
I missed the diversity part. I am not white, people generally pigeonhole me as mixed black/white/spanish. IMHO was probably the worst place for me when it came to racism and I have lived or worked for extended periods in about 15 states and overseas. Don't get your hopes up too much. There are lots of old small enclaves around all the entire area where diversity just meant Polish or Italian when I lived there.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:02 PM
 
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Sure. Just move to SC or TX without a job, rent an apartment, and you will find a job in no time. No problem!

You don't even know what the OP does for a living. Perhaps the OP wants to stay in the northeast near family.

The OP got a job in Albany, which is presumably a good job because he is willing to move. The region's economy is fine. The cost of living is low. There is plenty of culture. You are near the Adirondacks and really close to the Berkshires.

Solution to cold weather - lots of layers. And it's not that much colder than where the OP is coming from.

Good Luck, OP!
Most reasonable people look online and apply for a job online and then move after securing a job, but, hey, whatever floats your boat.


As for culture in the Adirondacks etc, yeah, your comments illustrate loud and clear what's wrong with the Capital District and the old homers who live there.
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