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The 10 Biggest Cities In New York State

New York City is not only the biggest city in New York State but also the biggest city in the country. According to the 2010 Census, its population was 8,175,133.

The US state of New York is located in the Northeastern region of the country. With an estimated population of 19.54 million residents, it is the country’s fourth most populous state. However, it has an area of only 141,300 square km which makes it the country 27th most extensive state. New York has a high population density, making it America’s 7th most densely populated state. It has 62 counties and 596 census-designated places (as of 2018).

The Five Biggest Cities In New York

1. New York

New York City is not only the biggest city in New York State but also the biggest city in the country. According to the 2010 Census, its population was 8,175,133. The city covers a land area of 784 square km and has a population density of around 11,000 persons per square km. It is America’s most densely populated major city. New York City is located at the southern tip of the state in the New York metropolitan area, the world’s largest metropolitan area by urban landmass. New York is regarded as a global power city. It is often described as the cultural and media capital of the world. The United Nations is headquartered in the city. It is also a major global hub of creativity and entrepreneurship. It is one of the world’s most visited cities.

2. Buffalo

The second biggest city of the New York State, Buffalo, is home to 261,310 people. It serves as the county seat of Erie County. In the initial decades after its founding, Buffalo’s economy relied on the manufacturing sector. Today, however, it has a more diversified economy with a thriving service sector. The healthcare, education, and research sectors play an important role in its economy. Located at the Canada-US border, Buffalo is also a major travel and commerce gateway in the region.

3. Rochester

With a population of 210,565 individuals, Rochester is New York State’s third largest city. It is the seat of Monroe County. Rochester came to prominence as a “boomtown” of the country. Initially, its economy was dependent on the numerous flour mills that operated in and around it. In the later years, it became a major manufacturing hub. Today, it has a more diversified economy. It is home to one of the leading research institutions of the nation, the University of Rochester. Many important inventions and innovations have been born in this city.

4. Yonkers

Yonkers is the fourth most populous city in New York. It is located in Westchester County and has a population of 195,976 people. It is based on the hills that rise from near sea level at the Hudson River’s eastern bank. Yonkers hosts numerous attractions like the Untermyer Park, Science Barge, Hudson River Museum, etc.

5. Syracuse

With a population of 145,170 individuals, Syracuse is New York’s most populous city. It is also the county seat of Onondaga County. Syracuse is regarded as Central New York’s educational and economic hub. The Syracuse University and the Le Moyne College located in the city are both nationally recognized educations institutions. In 2010, Syracuse was designated by Forbes as one of the 10 best places in the US to raise a family.

The Capital Of New York

New York’s capital city of Albany is the state’s sixth largest city. It had a population of 97,856 individuals in 2010. The city is also the seat of Albany County.

The 10 Biggest Cities In New York State

RankCityCountyPopulation (2010 Census)Date Of Incorporation
1New YorkBronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond81,75,1331653
7New RochelleWestchester77,0621889
8Mount VernonWestchester67,2921892

About the Author

Oishimaya is an Indian native, currently residing in Kolkata. She has earned her Ph.D. degree and is presently engaged in full-time freelance writing and editing. She is an avid reader and travel enthusiast and is sensitively aware of her surroundings, both locally and globally. She loves mingling with people of eclectic cultures and also participates in activities concerning wildlife conservation.


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