New York is a state in the Northeastern United States with a population of 19,618,453 and land area of 47,126 square miles. It ranks as the fourth largest state by population and the 21st smallest state by area.
Race and Ethnicity
According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 55.90% of state residents identify as white, 14.30% as Black or African American, 0.20% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 8.20% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 18.90% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.40% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in New York include Italian, Irish, German, American, and English. Measured by location quotient -- comparing the state share to the national share -- some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in New York are Guyanese, British West Indian, and Barbadian.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 77.40% of New York residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen.
Of the 22.60% of the population that is foreign-born, 56.40% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.8% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of New York is about as old as the United States as a whole. The median age in the state is 38.7 years old, 0.8 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 15.60% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In New York, 44.20% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 5.00% of households are occupied by single male householders, 14.20% by single female householders, and 36.70% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 53.90% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
As is the case across the United States, English is the most commonly spoken language in New York. Of the 18,454,800 people aged 5 and up living in New York, 86.6% speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. Though English is the predominantly spoken language in the state, its usage is not as common as it is nationwide, where an average of 91.5% of the 5 and older population only speaks English, or speak it very well.
Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the United States. In New York, 15% of the population aged 5 and older speaks Spanish, the 8th largest share among all states. Nationwide, 13.3% of all Americans in the same age group speak Spanish.
Residents of New York are less likely to be married than the typical American. Of the 16.2 million New York residents aged 15 and older, 45% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Divorceis also less common in the state than it is nationwide. In New York, 8.7% of the 15 and older population is divorced, compared to the 10.8% share of the same age group across the U.S. as a whole.
An estimated 38% of New York residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of Americans in the same age group.
In New York, 4.7% of the 18 and over population are veterans -- below the 7.5% of adult civilians who have served in the military nationwide. Compared to other states, New York is home to the the smallest share of military veterans.
As is the case nationwide, the largest share of veterans living in the state served in the Vietnam era. Of New York’s 730,600 resident veterans, 6.4% served in World War II, 34.9% served in the Vietnam War, 13.5% served in the period between the beginning of the Gulf War and 2001, and 13.3% served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. An additional 82,900 men and women served during the Korean War.
In New York, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, but more likely to have a four-year college education. Among New York residents 25 and older, 86.5% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 35.9% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively.
Though it is not always the case, incomes tend to rise with educational attainment rates across broad populations -- and New York is no exception. With a higher than average bachelor’s degree attainment rate, the state also has a higher than average median income. The typical household in New York earns $65,323 a year, about $5,000 more than the national median household income of $60,293.
Additionally, New York has a higher than average concentration of wealthy residents. An estimated 9.7% of households in the state earn $200,000 or more annually, compared to 7.0% of households nationwide.
Despite the higher than average median household income, serious financial hardship is slightly more common in the state than it is nationwide. The poverty rate in New York stands at 14.6%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%.
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