NYC-Vital Facts and Education Information

New York City is one of the largest cities in the world and the center of a vast metropolitan region. The city is home to a large number of colleges and universities, including several highly ranked institutions. Find out more about the city's boroughs, economy and schools below.

About NYC

New York City, nicknamed the Big Apple, is the largest city in the United States. Its 8.5 million residents, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates, outnumber more than half of all U.S. states. Diverse and culturally rich, New York hosts a population that is 44% white, 29% Hispanic, 26% African American and 13% Asian, according to 2010 census data. The city of New York comprises five boroughs.

New York's Boroughs

Brooklyn, the largest borough, is located at the bottom of Long Island and is home to such destinations as Coney Island and Prospect Park. Brooklyn has several ethnic communities, including neighborhoods of Jewish, African-American and Italian residents.

Queens is located just above Brooklyn and is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the world. Its Greek community, Astoria, is a popular neighborhood for Manhattan professionals. JFK International and LaGuardia airports are both located here.

Manhattan, the heart of the city and the most densely-populated place in either Europe or the Americas, is its own island located between the Bronx and Brooklyn. Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Little Italy, Soho and Union Square are all located in Manhattan, as is America's largest central business district, Midtown Manhattan.

The Bronx is the only borough attached to the mainland. It is home to the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, historic mansions and beaches and is known for being the birthplace of hip-hop music. Yankee Stadium is also located in the Bronx.

Staten Island, to the south, is the smallest borough by population, the entrance to New York Harbor and home to historic Richmond Town. The Staten Island Ferry, a free ferry between Lower Manhattan and the borough, is a popular tourist attraction.

Higher Education

New York City has over 230 colleges and universities within 25 miles of the city center. Columbia University in Manhattan is one of the eight Ivy League schools. It is ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016 ranking data. New York University is a private school found in Greenwich Village. It enrolls nearly 46,000 students and was ranked 32nd in the nation by U.S. News in 2016.

The City University of New York is a system of 24 colleges and schools. Some CUNY schools include Baruch College, CUNY School of Law, Medgar Evers College and City College of New York.

St. John's University, Fordham University, Barnard College, the New School, the Juilliard School and St. Francis College are all found in the area, along with numerous theological seminaries and rabbinical colleges.


New York City has one of the largest gross metropolitan products of any city worldwide. If it were its own country, its economy would rank in the world's top 15. New York hosts a large number of media, publishing, finance and advertising industries and is a major saltwater port, a center for television and film and home to the New York Stock Exchange. It draws commuters from as far away as Philadelphia and Connecticut. Its largest business district, Midtown Manhattan, is the place of work for more than 450,000 people.

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