One way of measuring how "packed-in" the
people are is with a population density map. This is found by dividing
the population by the area. Again, the lowest values are found in the mountain
regions, and most of NYC (except Staten Island) has the densest population.
This is followed by the suburban counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk).
Interestingly, Monroe County (Rochester) also has a dense population, too.
At one time New York was the most populous
state in the Union, until that honor was taken over by California. Now
Texas is number two. But over 19 million people still call the Empire State
their home. A recent trend has been a declining population (light blue)
in northern and western New York, and in some Southern Tier counties. Most
of the growth in the state has been in Hudson Valley and in metro New York.
ETHNIC NEW YORK
New York has a large minority population,
especially in and around New York City. African-Americans tend to be concentrated
in the larger cities in the state. In the Bronx and Manhattan, over one-third
of the population is Hispanic, mostly from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean
The state that boasts the Statue of Liberty
still welcomes many new Americans to our state. As one might expect, the
largest concentration is in New York City and its suburbs, but many "non-natives"
can be found in population centers in Upstate as well. For example, around
one out of six Rochesterians were born outside of the USA. Clinton County
is the extreme northeast corner of the state has a sizeable French-Canadian