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The City of New York, often calledNew York City or simplyNew York, is themost populous city in theUnited States. With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York City is also themost densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of thestate ofNew York, the city is the center of theNew York metropolitan area, one of the most populousurban agglomerations in the world. Aglobal power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the termNew York minute. Home to theheadquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center forinternational diplomacy and has been described as the cultural, financial, andmedia capital of the world.