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Rensselaer is a city in Rensselaer County, New York, USA, located on the Hudson River, directly opposite Albany. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 7,761 in 1920, it was 10,832. The name is from Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the original landowner of the region in New Netherlands. The city of Rensselaer is on the west border of the county. A branch of Suny Albany is in the city. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimate its population of the city was 7,859.

The area was part of the Rensselaerwyck manor. Rensselaer was originally called Greenbush. The village of Greenbush within the town of Greenbush was incorporated in 1815. In 1897, Greenbush was chartered as a city, and its name was changed to Rensselaer. Its limits were extended in 1902 by the annexation of the village of Bath and the western part of the town of East Greenbush.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square kilometers, out of which 7.8 square kilometers of its area is covered by land and 0.8 square kilometers is covered by water. The city lies next to the Hudson River with Albany County and the City of Albany on the opposite shore. The towns of North Greenbush and East Greenbush in the county, border the city.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0 percent under the age of 18, 8.1 percent from 18 to 24, 31.3 percent from 25 to 44, 21.7 percent from 45 to 64, and 13.9 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males. It is a town known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages. It is one of the favorite holiday places for most of the vacation lovers.

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