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Population
  2010 2012
Population 19,378,102 19,570,261
Median Age 38 38.1
Total 8 year-olds 232,511 232,139
Boys 118,421 118,768
Girls 114,090 113,371
Total 9 year-olds 236,670 231,711
Boys 120,854 118,579
Girls 115,816 113,132
Total 10 year-olds 240,497 231,142
Boys 123,181 117,779
Girls 117,316 113,363
Total 11 year-olds 237,605 235,194
Boys 121,388 120,162
Girls 116,217 115,032
Total 12 year-olds 239,517 241,305
Boys 122,261 123,589
Girls 117,256 117,716
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 54.4% 53.7%
Car Pool 6.9% 6.9%
Public Transportation 26.7% 27.3%
Work at Home 4.0% 3.9%

Geography
Capital Albany
Largest City New York
Second Largest City Buffalo city
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 411.2

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 9,181 9,235
Amusement Parks 34 25
Fast-Food Restaurants 15,083 16,239
Toy Stores 593 515
Video/Disc Rental Stores 451 198
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 42 44
Candy & Nut Stores 304 283
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 659 659
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 29 29

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: July 26, 1788
  • Population 1800: 589,051
  • Population 1850: 3,097,394
  • Population 1900: 7,268,894
  • Population 1950: 14,830,192
  • Population 2000: 18,976,457

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Empire State
  • Flower: Rose
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Bird: Bluebird
  • Animal: Beaver
  • Muffin: Apple Muffin
  • Fruit: Apple
  • Fossil: Sea Scorpion
  • Shell: Bay Scallop

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.