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Albany, New York

The capital city of New York is Albany (in the above picture). This state is the 30th largest (47,126 square miles) and the 3rd most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. Black or African American is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in New York is management and professional (37.30%), followed by sales and office (25.70%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. New York is often referred to as the Empire State and Excelsior State
  2. New York has one of the lowest rate of forcible rape (15 whereas country average 27)
  3. New York has one of the highest number of Asian-owned firms (10.10% whereas country average 5.70%)
  4. New York has one of the lowest rate of homeownership (54.50% vs. country median 65.50%)
  5. New York has one of the highest merchant wholesaler sales, in $1000 ($313,461,904.00 vs. national median $4,174,286,516.00)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows New York population was 19,651,127 which ranks the 3rd of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in New York is New York. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, net population change is 1.40%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. New York population represents 6.22% of the entire population in the USA as featured in the following chart.

New York total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in New York (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 70.90%
  • Black or African American 17.50%
  • Asian ethnicity 8.20%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.30%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 1.00%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares New York population distribution to national average:

Comparison of New York population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.00% of New York population are under 5 years old, 21.60% are under 18 years and 14.40% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 29.80% of New York population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.50% which is slightly more than male population. New York female population number ranks the 7th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between New York and the USA.

Female and male population in New York vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 84.90% which is lower than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 32.80%, this is higher than US median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 54.50%, lower than national median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 14.90%, this is equal to national average

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of New York Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.33% of total land area
  • New York has more population density than the USA average (411.2 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in New York is higher by 1.62 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

New York land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute New York USA
Land area (square miles) 47,126.40 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 411.2 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 80.5 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

New York unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.00% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in New York is $8.00 per hour, which ranks the 13rd highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in New York based on Census 2010
Occupation New York USA
Management or professional-related job 37.30% 34.90%
Service-related job 19.40% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.70% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.30% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 7.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 9.90% 12.50%
Comparison of New York Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in New York usually took more time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in New York was 31.5 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 10.40%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.70%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 10.10%, higher than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.10%, same as the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 9.90%, higher than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 30.40%, higher than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. These highlight which specific business area New York is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description New York USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 162,720,173 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 313,461,904 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 230,718,065 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 39,813,499 613,795,732
New York Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $11,879.00, which is lower than U.S average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in New York was 24,872.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. New York has one of the highest number of housing units in multi-unit structures (50.50% whilst country median 25.90%)
  2. New York has one of the highest number of households (7,230,896 vs. USA median 115,226,802)
  3. New York has one of the highest population among the US states and capital district (19,651,127 while country average 316,128,839)
  4. New York has one of the lowest property crime rates (1,922 whereas USA average 2,859)
  5. New York has one of the highest number of people working in service industry (19.40% compared to national median 17.10%)
  6. New York has one of the lowest number of property crime, per 100K (1,922 while USA median 2,859)
  7. New York has one of the lowest burglary rates (330 whilst national median 670)
  8. New York has one of the highest number of foreign-born people (22.00% vs. USA median 12.90%)
  9. New York has one of the highest number of people living in the same house for 1 year or more (88.70% whilst USA median 84.80%)
  10. New York has one of the lowest number of suicide, per 100K (8 vs. national median 12)
  11. New York has one of the lowest rate of larceny-theft (1,504 whereas national median 1,959)
  12. New York has one of the lowest number of rape, per 100K (15 whereas USA average 27)
  13. New York has one of the lowest number of construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations (7.50% vs. national average 9.30%)
  14. New York has one of the highest travel time to work, in minutes (32 compared to national average 25)

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