Albany is located on the west bank of the Hudson River about 150 miles North of N.Y.C. It is the capital of New York and is known for its deep-rooted history, interesting culture, and exciting night-life. It has its fair share of fine dining, art, theater, and parks. Albany offers extremely valuable resources for higher education and desirable neighborhoods. Albany is constantly growing and investing in itself and its people. It's known as the anchor of New York's Tech Valley. To put it simply, Albany is a fantastic city.
Whitehall is a neighborhood of Albany. It is about 3 miles west of downtown. So if you worked in the city, the commute would be about 10 minutes. When it comes to the amenities, Whitehall is packed full. There are many restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to pick from. There are also many schools. Unfortunately, there isn't much for entertainment in the direct area. There are, however, many theaters, museums, and other things in the surrounding areas. Employment and housing, on the other hand, is desirable. The unemployment rate is less than 4% and, considering the national unemployment rate is closer to 5%, Whitehall is well above average. In addition, the average income is higher than the state average. The average rent is significantly lower than the city itself and a majority of households are occupied by the owner.
Helderberg is also about 3 miles west of the city and is just north of Whitehall. It has its fair share of grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. The cost of living in Helderberg can be expensive, but one can argue that it is worth it due to its proximity to downtown and its amenities. The cost of living is higher than the city itself, but Helderberg has a lower crime-rate and higher high-school graduation rates. The unemployment rate is significantly lower than the national average. More than two thirds of homes in Helderberg are occupied by the owner. The median value of homes is about $180,000. The rent, unfortunately, can be a bit high with a median of around $1,200. While this isn't out of the question for a city, it can be daunting for someone coming from a small town.
New Scotland is in the same area as both Whitehall and Helderberg, so the commute from either of these neighborhoods will be about the same. Because of its location, it has access to the amenities of Helderberg and Whitehall as well as its own. The unemployment rate in New Scotland is about the same as the national average, but it has fantastic education and the rent is relatively low. The cost of living is a bit higher than Albany itself, but there are lower crime rates. The median home value there is a decent $200,000 and there is approximately a 50/50 split on rental homes and owner occupied. The median household income is higher than Albany, but it doesn't blow the other neighborhoods out of the water.