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New York is a very large coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,658,646 people and 288 constituent neighborhoods, New York is the third largest community in New York. New York has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

New York home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but New York real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

New York is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 93.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, New York is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New York who work in management occupations (15.83%), sales jobs (11.41%), and business and financial occupations (10.33%).

Of important note, New York is also a borough of artists. New York has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape New York’s character.

Also of interest is that New York has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the nice things about New York is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in New York is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In New York, the average commute to work is 32.50 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of New York’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

New York, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of New York are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the subway to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in New York. 59.93% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in New York in 2010 was $64,993, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $259,972 for a family of four. However, New York contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

New York is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call New York home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New York residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New York also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.80% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New York include German, Italian, Russian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of New York's cultural character, accounting for 28.94% of the borough’s population.

The most common language spoken in New York is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.