Geography of New York
Situated in the north-eastern United States, New York has a total area of 54,556 square miles (141,300 square km) and a population of 19.3 million (2016 est), 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.
Major Cities in New York
The largest city in the state is New York City or NYC. There are a total of 61 ‘cities’ in the state, including Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Albany, and Schenectady. NYC constitutes five boroughs; Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, and Brooklyn.
In 2016, New York’s population was estimated at just over 19.3 million. The median age of men is 36, and the median age of women is slightly higher than men, at 39.
New York’s economy ranks third in the country, with only California and Texas ahead of it. The gross state product in 2015 was listed at $1.44 trillion. Finance, technology, real estate, and insurance form the basis of New York’s economy but, media, publishing & journalism, and fashion are quickly becoming huge contributors.
Transportation in New York
New York has an extensive network of roads and railways that provide comfortable intra-state 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.
Travel Destinations in New York
New York is a diverse state that consists of impressive skyscrapers, forests, mountains, and sandy beaches. The fast-paced life of Manhattan, the relaxed Long Island, the majesty of Niagara Falls or the nature of the Finger Lakes show us how diverse New York really is. Central Park is large and features both romantic tree-lined walks and architectural wonders dating back to some 200 years. Then, there is also the American Museum of Natural History, featuring the bones of creatures that you can hardly believe existed. Some popular attractions of the state are the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, Empire State Building, and Times Square. The outskirts of NYC consist of natural areas and bucolic small town. One worth a visit is Cooperstown, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Interesting Facts About New York
The Empire State Building was the world’s tallest structure since its construction in 1931, until 1972. Also, the ‘delicatessens,’ or ‘delis,’ as they are more commonly referred to, were started by the Eastern European Jewish communities in New York City.More Facts...
|1||Saratoga National Historical Park||3,392 acres (5.3 square mi)||Jun 1, 1938||Stillwater, Saratoga County, New York, USA|
|2||Women's Rights National Historical Park||6.83 acres (27,600 square meter)||Dec 28, 1980||Seneca County, New York, USA|
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Last Updated on: May 21, 2020
Map of Cities in New York