As a native of Colonie, it was my pleasure to blog about an area that is so dear to me.
The Town of Colonie is located in Albany county. As of 2011, its’ population was 80,134 people. I’m proud to write that Colonie has bragging rights as Morgan Quitno press found Colonie, NY to be the safest place to live in 2009 and 2010.
One of the many benefits of living in Colonie is its’ central location. There is easy access to major transportation routes, Route 9, Route 7, the Northway (I-87), I-787, I-88 and I-90. The Albany International Airport is easy to get to and Amtrak Train Station is located in both Rensselaer and Schenectady, which are less than a half hour away. According to bestplaces.net, the national average commute is 28 minutes—Colonie’s? A quick 20 minutes.
If day trips are your thing, Colonie is just 3 hours from Boston, 2 1/2 hours from New York City and 4 hours from Montreal. Camping or golfing in the Adirondacks is a scenic drive, where you’ll stumble upon many farm stands, apple orchards and charming Mom and Pop businesses.
There are four public school districts that serve the town of Colonie, the South Colonie Central School District (my alma mater "Home of the Garnet Raiders!"), North Colonie Central Schools, Watervliet City School District and Menands Union Free School District.
Colonie, while having a quaint, neighborhood feel, isn’t afraid of change. Colonie Center, located at the hub of Colonie, Wolf Road, has undergone several facelifts over the years. Most recently, the mall added a new Regal Theater with stadium seating, LL Bean, PF Chang’s, and Cheesecake Factory. Wolf Road rivals any downtown strip with Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, Red Lobster and Outback, just to name a few.
Another bonus? The unemployment rate in Colonie is 6.10 percent (U.S. avg. is 9.10%). Colonie, NY was also rated the 11th best US City for Seniors and ranked 12th as Most Secure Place to Live in 2011 (Large Metro) per bestplace.net.
There is so much to do in Colonie. Your resident card will allow you access to the Town of Colonie Park where you can enjoy (at no charge) 160 acres of the park, including an Olympic size pool with diving area, training pool, spray pools, bath house, two pavilions, picnic areas, walking trails, and cross-country ski trails.
The Crossings is also another local favorite. Located in the Sand Creek and Albany Shaker Road area of the Town of Colonie on 130 acres, there are walking/biking paths, a huge playground and a three-acre pond. There’s also a picnic area and during the summer months, there is a Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9-1.
The Town of Colonie Golf Course is another perk residents can enjoy. Not a golfer? Cross country skiing is an ongoing activity at the golf course during winter months. You’ll also want to check out the Mohawk and Hudson Bike Path. On summer days, you’ll find roller bladers, joggers, bikers and walkers enjoying the sunshine.
Colonie is a centrally located town with so much to offer. You’ll like it so much, you’ll want to call it “home.”