Beyond the City
The New York Metropolitan Area, formally known as the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), continually ranks as the most populous MSA in the United States—not to mention that it’s one of the densest in the world. Furthermore, the New York Metro Area is subdivided into four distinct divisions. Of the subsets, the New York-White Plains-Wayne Metropolitan Division encompasses 11 counties, five of which coincide with the five boroughs of New York City (NYC)—New York County (Manhattan), Kings County (Brooklyn), Bronx County (The Bronx), Richmond County (Staten Island) and Queens County (Queens).

As the United States’ largest regional economy, Greater New York obtained an estimated gross metropolitan product of $815.4 billion last year. According to IHS Global Insight, NYC alone is a larger producer than every U.S. state except California. In fact the city’s gross metropolitan product is bigger than the combined products of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Industries, such as education and health services, continue to lead the area’s economic output with large profits in the areas of trade, transportation and utilities. Other industry supersectors driving the economy are professional and business services along with the government industry.

When considering the Tri-State area, newcomers should expect somewhere around 20 days above of 90°F weather and 87 days in which temperatures dip below 32°F. Altitudes range from sea level to a maximum height of 410 feet above sea level throughout the boroughs. The metro division’s high school attainment sits at 81.2 percent although only 35.3 percent of students attain a college education.

NEW YORK COUNTY—OVERVIEW
New York County, also known as Manhattan, is the most densely populated county in the United States with a population of 1,601,948. The county covers 22.8 square miles of land, on which 21 neighborhoods have been developed. Composed primarily of Manhattan Island, the county is bounded by the Hudson River on the west, New York Bay on the south, the East River on the east and the Harlem River on the northeast and north. Manhattan is loosely divided into downtown, midtown and uptown, with 5th Avenue separating the Big Apple’s East and West Sides. New York County is the cultural and commercial heart of the city, with many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums and universities scattered throughout the area. It is also home to the seat of city government. Temperatures range from an average high of 84°F in July to an average low of 27°F in January. Precipitation in the area averages 50.1 inches annually.

Major Neighborhoods: Battery Park City, Carnegie Hill, Central Park, Chelsea, East Harlem, East Village, Financial District, Gramercy Park, Inwood, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Midtown, NoHo, Roosevelt Island, SoHo, TriBeCa, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Washington Heights, West Harlem, West Village

Demographics
  • Current Population.......................................................1,601,948
  • Persons Per Square Mile............................................69,467.5

Projected Population
  • 2020................................................................................1,729,530
  • 2025................................................................................1,780,655
  • 2030................................................................................1,826,547

Economic Characteristics
  • Mean Travel Time to Work...........................................30.1 minutes
  • Median Family Income.................................................$67,204

Education
  • School Districts: Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Educational Attainment (Adult Population)
    • High school diploma......................................85%
    • College degrees.............................................57.7%

KINGS COUNTY—OVERVIEW
Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough, with nearly 2.5 million residents. It overlaps with Kings County, which is the second most densely populated county in the United States after Manhattan. The county is located on the westernmost point of Long Island and shares its only land boundary with Queens to the northeast. Several different bodies of water surround Kings County. Northern Brooklyn’s coast is defined by the East River. To the west, the borough is separated from Staten Island by the Narrows, where Upper and Lower New York Bay meet. The southeastern coast lies on island-dotted Jamaica Bay. The average annual precipitation in the county is 46.71 inches, and the mean temperature is 56°F. The growing season lasts 195 days. Brooklyn has an excellent transit system with subway, buses and ferries helping residents move in and around the borough. Of the area’s workforce traveling to Manhattan, 92 percent uses the subway.

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