18,169,000 (3rd in size)
State size: 49,108 square
miles (30th in size)
State Capital: Albany (named for King James II of
England, who at the time was Duke of York and Albany).
Major cities: Albany, Buffalo, New York City,
Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers
Admission to union: The 11th State
Date entered the union: July 26, 1788
Origin of state name: Named for James, Duke of York
and Albany, who received the land from his brother King
Charles II of England.
Nicknames: The Empire State
Bordering states: Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut
and Pennsylvania, with Canada to the north and the
Atlantic Ocean to the east.
State bird: Bluebird
State flower: Rose
State tree: Sugar Maple
Motto: Ever Upward