About New York State
One of the original Thirteen Colonies, New York was the eleventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States in 1788. Today, New York is known worldwide for its city of the same name, New York City, which is the most populous city in the entire United States, and home to a thriving cultural scene and financial market.
Situated in the north-eastern United States, New York has a total area of 141,300 square kilometers (54,556 square miles) and a population of 19,465,197 (2011 Census), ranking as the third most populous state in the country.
The state of New York is subdivided into sixty-two counties, which are governed by the county seats. New York City itself is divided into five counties, which are also the five boroughs of NYC : Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
The state of New York is bounded by Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the south and by Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont to the east. New York shares a water boundary with Rhode Island to the east of Long Island. The state also shares international borders with the Canadian districts of Quebec to the north and Ontario to the north-west.
Located at an altitude of 1,629 meters (5,343 feet), Mount Marcy of the Adirondack range is the highest point of New York, while the Atlantic Ocean is its lowest point. Major geographic features of New York include its rivers, such as the Hudson, Mohawk, and Genesee Rivers.
Transportation in New York
New York has an extensive network of roads and railways that provide comfortable intra- and inter-state connectivity. Interstate Highways 81, 87, and 495 join the northern and the southern parts of the state. The eastern end of New York is connected to the west by Interstate Highways 84, 86, 88, and 90. The New York City subway is one of the most extensive urban mass transit systems in the world.
Last Updated on : November 12, 2014