|About New York:
Principal languages: English (51%) other (49.1%)
Ethnicity/race: African American, African or Caribbean, Puerto Ricans, Italians, West Indians, Dominicans, Chinese, Irish, Russian, and German. The Puerto Rican population of New York City is the largest outside Puerto Rico
Religions: 33.17% Catholic; 0.41% LDS; 3.10% are another Christian faith; 4.05% Jewish; 0.62% are an eastern faith; 2.03% affilitates with Islam.
National Holiday: Independence Day, 4th July
Literacy rate: 78%
Economic summary: GDP/PPP 64,818 chained 2009 U.S. Dollars. Real growth rate: 2.6%. Inflation: 0.12%. Unemployment: 5.7% Arable land: 17.0%. Agriculture: corn, cattle meat, cow milk, soy beans, pig meat, chicken meat, wheat, cotton lint, hen egg, turkey meat, tomatoes, potatoes, grapes, oranges, rice, apples, lettuce, cottonseeds labour force: 66.6 million; note: extensive export of labour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Malaysia; agriculture 63%, industry 11%, services 26% (FY95/96). Industries: cotton textiles, jute, garments, tea processing, paper newsprint, cement, chemical fertilizer, light engineering, sugar. Natural resources: cars (4.4%), refined petroleum (4.2%), planes and helicopters (3.2%), packaged medicaments (3.1%), and Gas Turbines (2.4%) Imports: Cars (8.3%), computers (5.4%), Crude petroleum (5.3%), Packaged Medicaments (2.6%), and Broadcasting equipment (2.5%) Major trading partners: Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba
Member of Commonwealth of Nations
Transportation: Railways: total: 373 km Highways: total: 2,694 km Airports: 6
Tourism in New York City serves over 56 million foreign and American tourists each year including day trippers. Major destinations include the empire state building, Ellis island, Broadway theatre productions, museums such as the Metropolitan museum of Art and other tourist attractions including central park Washington square park, Rockefelle Centre, Times Square, The Bronx Zoo, Barclays Centre, Coney island, south street seaport, New York Botanical Garden, Luxury Shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues, and events such as the Tribeca Film Festival, and free performances in Central Park at Summerstage and Delacorte Theatre. The Statue of Liberty is a major tourist attraction and one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. Many New York City ethnic enclaves, such as Jackson Heights, Flushing, and Brighton beach are major shopping destinations for first and second generation Americans up and down the East Coast.
New York City has over 28,000 acres (110 km2) of parkland and 14 linear miles (22 km) of public beaches. Manhattan's Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, is the most visited city park in the United States. Prospect Park in Brooklyn, also designed by Olmsted and Vaux, has a 90 acres (36 ha) meadow. in Queens, the city's third largest, was the setting for the 1939 World's Fair and 1964 World's Fair.