New York is the country’s third most populous state with 19 million people. At 54,520 square miles, it is the 27th largest state in the nation. It was the 11th state to be admitted to the Union. Albany is the state capital and New York City is the largest with 8.1 million residents.
New York borders Lake Erie and Lake Ontario as well as two Canadian provinces. Adirondack Park is the largest state park in the United States and is located in New York along with the Catskill Mountains. Niagara Falls is a common tourist attraction for visitors to New York as well.
Winters in New York are considered long and cold although New York metro area sees shorter periods of cold. Summers in the mountains are cool, while New York City and the Hudson Valley tend to be hot and humid.
Banking, finance and communication are the leading economic industries for New York and the New York Stock Exchange is the largest stock exchange in the world by volume. Many of the country’s largest corporations and banks are based in New York.