North of Albany, New York, Saratoga Springs is a small affluent city with a population of 26,586. The area has been a popular tourist resort destination for more than 200 years as a result of the mineral springs in the area, and it has been ranked one of the top 10 places to live. Over half of the housing in the area is made up of single-family homes, and the reset is comprised of a significant number of high-rise and small apartment buildings.
The area was notably settled by both English and Dutch settlers, and it was put on the map with the construction of Fort Saratoga. The springs began attracting both permanent residents and tourists as early as 1776, and the first hotel was built by Gideon Putnam. Subsequently roads began to be built, and the town started to boom. The well-known Revolutionary War, Battle of Saratoga was not fought in the town, but was fought 15 miles from the area. Today, history enthusiasts can visit the Revolutionary War museum in nearby Stillwater. Visitors and locals can also visit a number of other museums that focus on the history of the region.
After the war, the area further grew as a tourist destination as the Saratoga Springs were turned into natural spring spas, and more hotels were built along with a number of gambling institutions. While the gambling houses are no longer functioning, the historical Saratoga Race Course is still a community fixture. Modern tourists can also enjoy the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which frequently hosts the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra for summer series along with a range of other cultural venues. While much of the economy relies on this tourist industry, there are several corporations that house operations in the area and employ residents, and a number of residents commute to nearby Albany. Students in the area either can attend the local school district or a range of private institutions. There are also multiple colleges located in the area. The gorgeous tourist destination of Saratoga Springs is a beautiful place to call home.