As the eighth largest city in Georgia, Albany punches well above its weight when it comes to things to see and do, thanks to its rich history and the fascinating, talented people who have called it home. Albany's best known son is probably Ray Charles (honored at the Ray Charles Plaza), but the city has also produced sporting heroes such as Olympic high jump champion Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Then there's Radium Springs, one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia', so called because of the trace amounts of radium that flows through the water. Yep, there's definitely something in the water around Albany, Georgia!
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Housing Statistics This is a good time as any to invest in Albany real estate as the median sales price of homes in the city has fallen slightly over the last year to $96,544 (May-July 2013). The number of sales also went down, by 32.3%, to 130, which could give you leverage when negotiating with home owners. Albany is also a good place to look for rent to own houses as 39% of homes are already renter occupied and 9% vacant, while there is a reasonable 16% residential turnover rate.
Weather and Climate Like the rest of the state, Albany has warm, humid summers and mild to cool winters. Its southerly position means that snow isn't a word your typical Albany resident is familiar with (unless it comes in a cone and is doused in delicious, gooey strawberry syrup!). The city does enjoy its fair share of rainfall - around 53.4 inches a year with January and June being the wettest months. While a tornado damaged the city in 2003, extreme weather is generally more of a risk closer to the coastline.
Largest Employers and Industries Despite the abundance of plantations and farms that surround Albany, very few people in the city work in agriculture. Instead, the major industries are healthcare, defence and education with the City of Albany, Dougherty County and Marine Corps Logistics Base providing employment to a great deal of its residents. Manufacturing and retail are also important to the local economy with private companies such as the Miller Brewing Company and Procter & Gamble employing plenty of people in the area.
Tourist Attractions Albany played an important part in the civil rights movement, which is evident from its many historical landmarks and monuments. You can find the Albany Civil Rights Movement Memorial at the corner of Jackson and Whitney, while a trek up to the Albany Civil Rights Institute is a must for any civil rights history buff. Veterans are honored at the iconic Veterans Park, Vietnam War Memorial and Freedom Flame. If you're after something a bit more lighthearted, you'll love taking a stroll through the Flint Riverquarium, which is home to over 100 species of water-loving animals such as snapping turtles, Atlantic sturgeons, and night-herons.
Nightlife A lot of dance clubs closed down in the last few years because of the economy but there are still ways to keep yourself entertained once night falls. You can enjoy cocktails during a live jazz show at the Eclipse Club on W Broad Ave in Downtown Albany, or head over to Harvest Moon and The Cask and Kilt on Dawson Road for a more casual night in town with the locals.
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