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The City of New York, often calledNew York City or simplyNew York, is themost populous city in theUnited States.[9] With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673[7] distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2),[10][11] New York City is also themost densely populated major city in the United States.[12] 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.[13][14] Aglobal power city,[15] New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace[16][17] defining the termNew York minute.[18] Home to theheadquarters of the United Nations,[19] New York is an important center forinternational diplomacy[20] and has been described as the cultural, financial, andmedia capital[21][22] of the world. 


Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors,

New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separatecounty of New York State.

The five boroughs – Brooklyn,Queens,Manhattan,The Bronx, andStaten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898.

The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States,

and as many as 800 languages are spoken in New York,

making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States,

the world's largest foreign-born population of any city.

By 2016 estimates, the New York City metropolitan region remains by a significant margin the most populous in the United States, as defined by both the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), 20.2 million residents,

and the Combined Statistical Area (CSA), 23.7 million residents.

In 2013, the MSA produced a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of nearly US$1.39 trillion.

In 2012, the CSA

generated a GMP of over US$1.55 trillion. NYC's MSA and CSA GDP are higher than the GDPs of all but 11 and 12 countries, respectively.

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