Capital District

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Common name: Capital District
Largest city
Other cities
 - Schenectady
 - Troy
 - Saratoga Springs
Population  Ranked 56th in the U.S.
 - Total 825,875<ref>July 2004 est. by Census Bureau</ref>
 - Density 101.55/sq. mi. 
Area 2252 sq. mi.
5832 km²
State(s)  New York
 - Highest point N/A feet (N/A m)
 - Lowest point N/A feet (N/A m)

The Capital District is an imprecise regional definition (much like Upstate New York) that generally refers to the four counties surrounding Albany, the capital of New York: Schenectady County, Albany County, Saratoga County and Rensselaer County.


[edit] Origin of the name

The term Capital District was originated in the 1920s in an effort between the Albany Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) and the Albany Times Union. Other nicknames have included Tri-Cities, Quad Cites, Capitaland, Tech Valley and Metroland, while Capital Region is the most popular of all.<ref name="CD">Wechsler, Alan. "Region rich in business history", Albany Times-Union, 2006-04-21. Retrieved on 2006-04-22.</ref>

[edit] Ambiguity and overlap

The Capital District is a large component of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, also includes Montgomery County and Schoharie County. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA was ranked the 56th most populous in the United States of America in the 2000 Census, with a total population of 825,875.<ref name="OMB">Census 2000 PHC-T-29: Ranking Tables for Population of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, Combined Statistical Areas, New England City and Town Areas, and Combined New England City and Town Areas: 1990 and 2000 (Areas defined by the Office of Management and Budget as of June 6, 2003.)</ref>

Capital Region and Northeastern New York (NENY) are terms sometimes used to refer to the Capital District in combination with counties surrounding the area (usually those to the north, and to a lesser degree west of the four core counties of the District). The Capital District has also been given the marketing moniker "Tech Valley," in recognition of the technology companies who have moved to the region, or are being wooed by governmental or educational institutions. Economic definitions of the Capital District, Capital Region, NENY and Tech Valley may sometimes be expanded to include the extreme northern portions of the Mid-Hudson Valley, usually Columbia County and Greene County.

The term "Tech Valley" first appeared in January of that year during a meeting of the ACRCOC. However, there is some question whether or not the name has lived up to expectations. When Microsoft chairman Bill Gates visited Cornell University in 2004, he was asked his opinion of Tech Valley. He replied by saying that "he had no idea where it was."<ref name="CD" />

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[edit] Communities with greater than 20,000 inhabitants

[edit] Communities with between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants

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