Rensselaer County is located in east-central New York. The County Seat is Troy and the largest city is Troy. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.rensco.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 159,774 and the 2010 census population was 159,427. The land area is 652.43 square miles and there are 244.4 persons per square mile.
87.9% of the population is White, 7.2% is Black or African American, 4.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 2.3% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% is two or more races. 90.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 28.6% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $178,200, there are 64,242 households, an average of 2.39 persons per household. The per capita income is $29,987, the median household income is $59,432, and 13.2% of the persons in Rensselaer County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 10,659. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,384,387, and sales per capita were $8,915. The percentage of black-owned firms is 2.7%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 30.5%.
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