New York Fun Facts
Information About New York, New York Geography,
and New York Schools
The abbreviation for New York is NY. The capital of New York is Albany and the largest city is New York City. Residents of New York are referred to as New Yorkers. The unofficial name of New York is "The Empire State." The state motto of New York is "Excelsior (Ever Upward)."
New York ranks third in populace and received its statehood July 26, 1788. New York is named in honor of the Duke of York.
The state song of New York is "I Love New York." The state bird of New York is the Eastern Bluebird. The state flower is the rose and the state tree is the Sugar Maple.
Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are all bordering states of New York. The Hudson River is one of the major bodies of water associated with New York.
Major industries of New York are finance, communications, international trade, publishing, fashion, farming and mostly tourism.
There were 2,843,131 K12 students in the New York public schools in 1996. Out of those students 235,237 were first grade students. There were also 185,104 k12 public school teachers in the New York public schools system. There were a total of 4,172 New York public schools in 1996. (Source: IES National Center for Education Statistics)
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