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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 1,656,170 people and 288 constituent neighborhoods, New York is the third largest community in New York. New York has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

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 94.07% 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 (16.53%), sales jobs (11.29%), and business and financial occupations (10.31%).

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.

In New York, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.79 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

One of the benefits of being a big city like New York is having a public transportation system, but in New York the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the subway for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the subway New York benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

If knowledge is power, New York is a pretty powerful place. 60.43% of the adults in New York have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in New York in 2010 was $66,522, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $266,088 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 25.90% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New York include German, Italian, English, and Russian.

New York also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.89%.

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