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the Empire State is best known for the bright lights and urban allure of New York City, it only takes a half hour and a few miles travel away from the Big Apple to discover New York's spectacular natural wonders.
These include acres of farmland, mountains, lakes and forests, along with the world's most famous "honeymoon capital"
at Niagara Falls.
Along with a booming tourism industry, the state's diverse economy is led by New York City's central role as
headquarters to some of the world's leading corporations. New York is also a leader in hi-tech, clothing and
fashion, manufacturing and agriculture.
In addition, its growing wine industry includes 212 New York State wineries situated on 30,000 acres of upstate and Long Island vineyards.
While the Big Apple may be responsible for the state's overall high cost of living (approx. 25% above the national average) the further away from the city environs the more affordable New York State generally becomes.
New York's "second city", Buffalo, for example boasts the state's next strongest economy but nevertheless has been named one of the most affordable cities in the nation. Home to almost 700 high-tech companies, Buffalo offers extensive fiber optic networks to also make it one of the the most wired municipalities in America.
New York State quality-of-life statistics
York Census Data)
Major cities: Albany (capital), New York City, Buffalo,
Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse
Population : 19,011,378
White : 67.9%
Black, African American : 15.9%
Hispanic : 15.1%
High school graduates : 79.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 27.4%
Average household income: $43,393
Cost of Living: Sperling's
Best Places - New York - Compared to the rest of the
country, New York's cost of living is 26.57% higher than
the national average.
Personal Income Taxes: New York's state income tax rates range from 4 percent to 6.85 percent over five income brackets, depending on income and filing status. New York residents are required to file taxes using IT-150 Resident Income Tax Return (short form) or the IT-201 Resident Income Tax Return (long form) by April 15 each year.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - New York Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 53%
Average home price : $284,300
Average travel time to work : 31.7 minutes
Schools see New York State Education Department
Weather : Due to its size and topography, New York State features
diverse climate conditions ranging from cooler lake and
mountain regions to the more extreme heat and humidity experienced
downstate. During the winter months, arctic blasts from
Canada can bring temperatures down below freezing with record-breaking
lake effect snows in the Buffalo area, while nor'easters
often pose a threat of blizzard conditions in the southeast
and New York City.
: see New
York State Criminal Justice Statistics
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York eviction laws | NY State tourism
about moving to New York around the Web:
to New York - Wired New York Forum - Busy message boards with tips & advice on rentals, co-op
& condo apartments, cost of living, and guides to neighborhoods
in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
Westchester.com - Comprehensive information on New
York City's suburban bedroom community with facts, information
and community guides, real estate agents and local
resources in towns & cities throughout the county.
LongIsland.com - One-stop browsing for local and business news, real estate
listings, schools and day-care centers, guides to towns in
Nassau and Suffolk counties, shopping and malls, tourist attractions.
York real estate, apartments & job classifieds:
York City : New
York Times | Village
Island : Newsday
Plains : Journal