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Top US 10 Cities and Regions - New York
The state of New York is located in the northeastern region of the United States. New York is bordered by Lake Erie and Lake Ontario on the west; the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada on the north; the states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east; and the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south.
This state encompasses 54,556 square miles, which are divided into sixty-two counties. New York is the twenty-seventh largest state in the United States. The capital of New York is Albany. The largest city is New York City, which is currently the most populous city in the United States. Other large cities in New York include Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon.Based on the 2010 census, the state's population was 19,378,102.
The vast majority of the state of New York is made up of forests, rivers, lakes, mountains, and farms. The major industries include finance, communications, international trade, publishing, fashion, farming, and tourism.
Both the state of New York and the city of New York were named for the seventeenth century Duke of York, James Stuart. This area was originally inhabited by the Native American tribes of Algonquian, Iroquois, and Lenape. It was claimed by Henry Hudson in 1609 for Dutch settlers, and they formed the colony of New Netherland, which was taken over by the British in 1664. About a third of the Revolutionary War battles took place in this state. In 1788, New York became the eleventh U.S. state.
Tourist attractions in New York include Ellis Island, the main facility for immigrants entering the United States who arrived between 1892 and 1954. The Statue of Liberty is located in New York and was given to the United States as a gift from France to celebrate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. Niagara Falls is another popular tourist destination, along with New York City.