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New York State General Information

New York State is the largest of the Middle Atlantic States. It has a total area of 53,989 square miles of which 6,765 square miles are water. The population of New York based off a 1994 estimate is approximately 18,169,000, which makes it rank third in population (behind California and Texas).

Facts about New York include the following:

  • Did you know that New York State got its name from the Duke of York and Albany, who received patent to New Netherland from his brother Charles II and sent an expedition to capture it in 1664?

  • The geographic center of New York State is in Madison, 12 miles S of Oneida and 26 miles SW of Utica.

  • Largest city: New York City

  • Number of counties: 62

  • Highest elevation: 5,344 ft (Mount Marcy in Essex Couny)

  • Lowest elevation: sea level (Atlantic Ocean)

  • State nickname: Empire State

  • State bird: bluebird

  • State flower: rose

  • State tree: sugar maple

  • Unofficial state song: "I Love New York"



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