New York is such an endlessly engrossing city. The facts and figures about the city that never sleeps are quite amazing, and sometimes almost hard to believe. It’s truly a city of staggering proportions. We have compiled the most interesting New York City facts and figures in a quick list.
City, Population and Skyscrapers
- What is the population of New York? 18.9 million (in the metropolitan area). New York City has a population of more than 8 million. That makes it the most populated city in the United States.
- New York City is located in which US State? New York.
The capital of New York, by the way, is not New York City, but Albany. Speaking of capitals: from 1789 to 1790, New York City actually was the capital of the United States.
- How many languages are spoken in New York? 170 – the most of any city in the world.
- What is the nickname of New York? Big Apple.
- How many city districts does New York have? 5 boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan.
- How many skyscrapers are in New York? New York has more than 6,000 – the most worldwide.
- What’s New York’s Time Zone? New York uses the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00) with daylight saving time (UTC-04:00). That means there is a seven-hour time difference to London, for example. If it’s 1pm in London, it’s already 8pm in New York City.
- What does Manhattan mean? Manhattan comes from a word in the Lenape (native american) language meaning “island of many hills”.
- Why is it called Times Square? Times Square in New York City is named after the newspaper “New York Times”. It was originally called “Longacre Square” until the New York Times moved there in 1904.
- How many tourists visit New York in a year? 50 million
- How many visit the Empire State Building? 4.3 million
- How many visitors see Times Square? 20 million
- How many restaurants are there in New York? 18,000
- How many Broadway Theaters are there in New York? 40
- How many people go to Broadway musicals per day? 33,000
- How many museums are there in New York? 200
- How many galleries are there in New York? 500
Interesting New York facts about transportation
- How many airports does New York have? Actually just two (J.F.K. and La Guardia). But often Newark is also added to the list, although Newark is officially located in the State of New Jersey. We have also provided answers to the question “How do I get from the airport to Manhattan?”
- How many taxis are there in New York? 13,000
- How many subway lines does New York have? 27
- How many subway stations are there in New York? 476
- How many busses are there in New York? 5,600
- How many train stations are there in New York? 2 (Grand Central Station and Penn Station)
- How many bridges does New York have? 2,072
More crazy facts about New York City
- More snow falls in New York City per year than at the South Pole.
- Central Park in New York is larger than the state of Monaco.
- New York City is located further south than Rome (yup, it’s true).
- Every 21st person in New York is a millionaire.
- If Brooklyn were its own city, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States.
- The Brooklyn Bridge in New York is eleven years older than the Tower Bridge in London.
- The Bronx is… Swedish? The Bronx – a large borough of New York City – was actually named after Jonas Bronck, a Swede who was the first European to settle in the area in the year 1639.
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