One aspect of New York's diversity is in
its population characteristics. The largest number of New Yorkers live in
and around New York City, but there are important urban centers Upstate
as well. The least number of people live in the mountainous regions (Adirondacks
and Catskills). Those areas in yellow indicate regions of large rural populations
(farms and small towns). Despite what many people believe, the two most
populated counties are the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens...not Manhattan.
THE AGE OF THE POPULATION
New York has a relatively old population,
averaging around 40 years old. The youngest county is Tompkins (light yellow),
due to its large student population at Cornell University and Ithaca College.
Generally urban counties are younger than rural ones, but there are several
exceptions (i.e. Erie County). One concern in New York today is the flight
of young adults looking for employment in other parts of the country.
HOW LARGE ARE NEW YORK'S FAMILIES?
On a related topic, the size of families
in New York is generally around three people. The largest families are in
metro New York and Long Island. Small families (or single adults) are more
common in the mountainous regions and the college community of Tompkins