Welcome to Albany, New York, the Empire State's historic capital city. Discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609, and chartered in 1686, Albany is the oldest continuing settlement and second oldest chartered city in the nation. First a trading center, then a hub of government, now home to world-class arts and entertainment, stunning architecture, and cutting edge technology and research, Albany's rich heritage spans over three centuries of evolution, growth and innovation. But Albany is more than just a capital city, it is the anchor of the "Capital District" - a four county region that over 900,000 people call home. An area rich in history and active economically and culturally, the Capital District offers a quality of life and cost of living that are among the best in the country.