New York

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  • Capital: Albany

  • State abbreviation/Postal code: N.Y./NY

  • Governor: Andrew Cuomo, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Lieut. Governor: Kathy Hochul, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Senators: Charles E. Schumer, D (to Jan. 2017); Kirsten Gillibrand, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • U.S. Representatives: 27

  • Historical biographies of Congressional members

  • Secy. of State: Cesar Perales (apptd. by governor)

  • Comptroller: Thomas P. DiNapoli, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Atty. General: Eric Schneiderman, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Entered Union (rank): July 26, 1788 (11)

  • Present constitution adopted: 1777 (last revised 1938)

  • Motto: Excelsior (Ever upward)

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  • Nickname: Empire State

  • Origin of name: In honor of the Duke of York

  • 10 largest cities (2012 est.): New York , 8,336,697; Brooklyn, 2,538,705; Queens, 2,277,251; Manhattan, 1,621,897; Bronx, 1,383,871; Staten Island, 481,026; Buffalo , 259,384; North Hempstead, 227, 058; Rochester , 210,532; Yonkers , 198,449

  • Land area: 47,214 sq mi. (122,284 sq km)

  • Geographic center: In Madison Co., 12 mi. S of Oneida and 26 mi. SW of Utica

  • Number of counties: 62

  • Largest county by population and area: Kings, 2,486,235 (2005); St. Lawrence, 2,686 sq mi.

  • State forest preserves: Adirondacks, 2,500,000 ac.; Catskills, 250,000 ac.

  • State parks: 176

  • Residents: New Yorker

  • 2014 resident population est.: 19,746,227

  • 2000 resident census population (rank): 18,976,457 (3). Male: 9,146,748 (48.2%); Female: 9,829,709 (51.8%). White: 12,893,689 (67.9%); Black: 3,014,385 (15.9%); American Indian: 82,461 (0.4%); Asian: 1,044,976 (5.5%); Other race: 1,341,946 (7.1%); Two or more races: 590,182 (3.1%); Hispanic/Latino: 2,867,583 (15.1%). 2000 percent population 18 and over: 75.3; 65 and over: 12.9; median age: 35.9.

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