Explore New York After Your Move
It’s important to know the culture the new city you’re moving to, so be sure to check out these interesting facts as you prepare for your move to New York:
- More than 19,651,127 New Yorkers call the state home, with more than 40% of the population living in the greater New York City (NYC) metropolitan area.
- Many of the most-visited (domestically and internationally) landmarks are in New York. Four of the world's ten most-visited tourist attractions: Times Square, Central Park, Niagara Falls (shared with Ontario), and Grand Central Terminal.
- Although it is by far the largest city in the state, NYC is not the capital. Albany is the capital of New York. Other large cities include Rochester (home of the Mayo Clinic), Syracuse and Buffalo (home to the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.)
- New York’s major industry includes finance, communications, international trade, publishing, fashion, communications, farming (fruit and dairy), and tourism.
While the state is largely known for New York City, once you move here, you’ll see there is a lot of natural beauty here too. New York is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (water border), Canada, and four large bodies of water: Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, and the Atlantic Ocean. This diversity provides New Yorkers with rivers, oceans, mountains, major falls, international neighbors and more to relax, enjoy and preserve.
If you’re moving to upstate New York, you are sure to enjoy the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George, and beautiful Lake Placid, host of the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics. From the National Parks perspective, New York is well represented with 22 national parks, four National Heritage Areas, 27 National Natural Landmarks, 262 National Historic Landmarks, and 5,379 listings on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you’re moving to New York to pursue an education, notable institutions include Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top 35 in the world.
Sports enthusiasts moving to New York will have much to cheer about all across the Empire State. New Yorkers are represented by three National Football League teams, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills. New York also has two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees (based in the Bronx) and the New York Mets (based in Queens).
New York is home to three National Hockey League franchises: the New York Rangers in Manhattan, the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, and the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. New York has two National Basketball Association teams, the New York Knicks in Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn.