It is interesting that most people really don’t know much about the State of New York, unless you are talking about its biggest city New York City. The State of New York has a lot more to offer than just New York City such as Niagra Falls, and the beautiful state capitol in Albany.

Without wasting anymore time, here at 17 facts about the State of New York.

1. Both the State of New York and the city were named after the “Duke of York”, of British Royalty.

2. Before New York became a State, it was called “Province of New York.” Those were the times when New York was a colony of the United Kingdom.

3. The colony was officially established in 1626.

4. New York was discovered by Europeans in the 1500’s.

5. New York State is a founding member of the United States of America, one of the thirteen colonies that made up the country.

6. The capital city of New York State is Albany and Albany has a population of around 100,000.

7. New York has a nickname “The Empire State”.

8. The largest city by far in the State, and country is New York City, which makes up at least 40% of the State’s entire population.

9. New York is the 27th largest State in the US, one of the smallest.

10. Even though it is small, it is the 4th most populous State in the country.

11. New York located on the northeastern side and is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Quebec, and Ontario.

12. New York is among the most expensive States in the country.

13. The State has approximately 62 cities.

14. Most of New York’s main attractions are concentrated in New York City, which is well known all over the world for well known landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, the United Nations headquarters, among many, many others. It is also known for the Niagara Falls, which is shared between the US and Canada.

15. The 5 largest cities in the State are:

  • New York City
  • Buffalo
  • Rochester
  • Yonkers
  • Syracuse

16. How big is it? It is 54,555 square miles/141,300 square kilometers.

17. In terms of the weather, New York has all 4 seasons; winter, fall, summer, and autumn.