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All About New York State

Know about New York State


New York is a state in the northeastern region of the United States. It shares its borders with New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. It has a maritime border with Rhode Island and has an international border with Canada.

How did New York get its name?
New York got its name from the Duke of York. Previously it was known as "New Amsterdam" by the Dutch settlers. When English took control of this area, it was renamed as "New York", to honor the Duke of York.

What is the capital of New York?
Albany is the capital of New York. It is on the west bank of the Hudson River. The metropolitan area of New York is 6,570 square miles and has an estimated population of 857,592. Major landmarks of the city are Times Square, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, The United Nations Headquarters and the Statue of Liberty.

How big is New York?
The total area of New York is 54,556 square miles and it has an estimated population of 19,378,102. It is America's third most-populous state.

Which is the largest city of New York?
New York comprises sixty two cities. The largest city of the state is city of New York. The city is also called New York City to distinguish it from the state of New York. It is located on a natural harbor on the Atlantic coast of the northeastern United States. The city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Why is New York called "The Empire State"?
George Washington envisioned New York as the "seat of empire". It is also believed that in the nineteenth century, the word "empire" was used to suggest economic growth and prosperity. New York therefore gained this nickname because of its great wealth and natural resources.

What is the official language of New York?
New York has no official language. English is the de facto language of United States of America and is widely followed here also.

What is the religion of New York?
Majority of the population in New York are Christians. Catholics comprise 40% of the population, followed by Protestants (30%), Jews (8.4%), Muslims (3.5%), and Buddhists (1%), whereas 13% claim no religious affiliations.

What is the literacy rate of New York?
The average literacy rate of New York is 78%.

Who is the political leader of New York?
Politics of New York is liberal. It is governed by the constitution of the United States of America. It has an executive branch, consisting of the governor of New York and independently elected constitutional officers, the legislative branch, consisting of the New York legislature, and the judicial branch, consisting of state's highest court. Andrew Mark Cuomo is the current governor of New York. He was sworn into office on January 1, 2011. Robert John "Bob" Duffy is the seventy sixth lieutenant governor of New York. He assumed office on January 1, 2011.

When did New York achieve statehood?
New York became the eleventh state on July 26, 1788.

What are some of the famous places in New York?
Some of the important places in New York are Statue of liberty, Times square, St. Patrick's Cathedral, 40 Wall Street, Madison Square Garden, Buffalo-Niagara falls and Central Park.

What is the economy of New York like?
In 2007, the gross state product of New York was 1.1 trillion dollars. New York City dominates the economy of the state. Canada is an important economic partner of the state. The largest trade flows are with Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, and Switzerland. Its largest imports are oil, gold, aluminum, natural gas, electricity, rough diamonds and lumber. View New York Map for more information.


Last Updated on: May 26, 2017