Manhattan Facts


Manhattan is a borough in New York City and one of the most densely populated areas in the U.S. It is also the wealthiest and one of the most geographically diverse counties in the United States. It is the economic engine of New York City and is "where the magic happens."

These facts about Manhattan will blow you away.

1. The word Manhattan derives from the Munsee Lenape language term manaháhtaan.

2. Manhattan was settled by the Dutch in 1624, then it was taken over by the British in 1664.

3. Manhattan is now home to more than 1.6 million people, which puts it second after Brooklyn.

4. Manhattan is the smallest county by land area in the United States (by both square miles and population).

5. Manhattan is home to more than 2,000 skyscrapers and 13,000 other buildings in the Big Apple.

6. The population density in Manhattan alone is 74,780.7/sq mi.

7. Manhattan is home to billionaires such as Stephen Schwarzman and Donald Trump, who also add billions every year to the city's economic health and progressive institutions such as New York Public Library and American Museum of Natural History.

8. Manhattan is home to some of the world's best hotels, including The Plaza Hotel, The Four Seasons Restaurant and Mandarin Oriental New York at Time Warner Center.

9. Forty Wall Street on Broadway has been featured in many movies including "Iron Man 3" and "The Dark Knight Rises". It also used to house J.P Morgan & Co., one of the oldest investment banking firms in the world that helped establish Wall Street back in 1792.

10. Central Park is located in the center of Manhattan. The famous fountains that brighten the park daily can be seen for miles around.

11. When Wall Street got stuck in the financial crisis of 2008, people began to refer to America's financial center as "Beige Manhattan".

12. U.S. President John Adams lived in Manhattan briefly.

13. The New York Knicks, and the New York Rangers call Manhattan home, they play their home games at Madison Square Garden.

14. Manhattan is also home to the iconic Times Square and the Empire State Building.

15. Manhattan is divided into Lower, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan.

16. If you were to purchase Manhattan today, it would cost you at least 3 trillion dollars.