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Population
  2010 2011
Population 19,378,102 19,465,197
State Rank 3 3
Median Age 38.0 38.1
Total 8 year-olds 232,511 231,693
Boys 118,421 118,413
Girls 114,090 113,280
Total 9 year-olds 236,670 230,913
Boys 120,854 117,664
Girls 115,816 113,249
Total 10 year-olds 240,497 234,871
Boys 123,181 119,952
Girls 117,316 114,919
Total 11 year-olds 237,605 240,970
Boys 121,388 123,301
Girls 116,217 117,669
Total 12 year-olds 239,517 237,578
Boys 122,261 121,416
Girls 117,256 116,162
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 54.4% 53.9%
Car Pool 6.9% 6.7%
Public Transportation 26.7% 27.0%
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
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 8,672 9,181
Amusement Parks 60 34
Fast-Food Restaurants 13,924 19,574
Toy Stores 629 593
Video/Disc Rental Stores 933 451
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 38 42
Candy & Nut Stores 347 304
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 590 659
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 38 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.