New York Population 2024

New York population

New York has the fourth largest population in USA with population close to 20 million, which accounts for 6.1% of the US population. It is also the 7th most densely populated state in US. The state’s capital city is Albany but the largest city by population in New York is New York City with population over 8.5 million. It is a fact that two-thirds of New York State’s population resides in New York City Metropolitan Area.

The state is located in the north-west of the country USA. It has a total area of 141,300 km2 which ranks 27th largest state by size in US. The state is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east.

Based on our research, New York population will reach 20.203 million by 1st July of 2023. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.27% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of New York

Looking back last 12 years of New York’s population, the growth rate is slow but consistent ranging from 0.15% to 0.46%, adding around 30,000 to 90,000 people each year to the overall population. The growth relies on organic growth. Not many people move out or in this state. Comparing with other US states, New York population growth rate is below the average and one of the slowest growth states in the country.

Year Population (million)
Growth rate
2011 19.52 n/a
2012 19.6 0.41%
2013 19.67 0.36%
2014 19.72 0.25%
2015 19.75 0.15%
2016 19.84 0.46%
2017 19.89 0.25%
2018 19.93 0.20%
2019 19.99 0.30%
2020 20.02 0.16%
2021 20.06 0.20%
2022 20.11 0.25%
2023 20.15 0.20%

Demographics of New York

According to U.S. Census Bureau, 48.2 percent of the New York population is male and 51.8 percent are female. Average male age is 36 and average female age is 39, so average state age is 39.

The top five races for people living in New York are: White(65.7%),Black(15.9%),Asian(7.3%),Native(0.6%),Two or more races (3.0%).

The top five languages (other than English) spoken in New York are: Spanish (14.44%), Chinese (2.61%), Russian (1.2%), Italian (1.18%) and French Creole (0.79%). As you can see Spanish dominate the non-English speaking Language due to Latin American immigrant population.

The religious makeup of New York is: 33.43% are Catholic; 0.41% are LDS; 3.15% are another Christian faith; 4.08% in New York, New York are Jewish; 0.63% are an eastern faith; 2.04% affilitates with Islam.

Population Density of New York

New York’s population density is 162 people per square kilometer, which is ranking 7th most populated state in US just after Delaware. Compared with the most populous density state, New York is close to 3 times less density than New Jersey.

Position State Population Density (per m2)
1 New Jersey 470
2 Rhode Island 394
3 Massachusetts 336
4 Connecticut 286
5 Maryland 238
6 Delaware 187
7 New York 162
8 Florida 145
9 Pennsylvania 110
10 Ohio 109

Top 5 Largest Cities by Population          

The population figures below are based on the estimated by United States Census. They are subject to change. We will endeavor to make the figures as accurate as possible.

New York City – Being the most populous city in the U.S. state of New York State and also the most densely populated major city in the United States, the city has over 8.5 million people that accounts for 42.73% of the state population. Almost half of the state population is living in New York City. The city’s population density is 1,089 per km2 … read more about New York City population 2023.

Buffalo – The city has the second largest population in New York with population around 261,000 that accounts for 1.3% of the state population. Buffalo has nick names of “The Queen City”, “The Nickel City” and “The City of Good Neighbors”. People living in Buffalo are called Buffalonians.

Rochester– Rochester is located in western New York State with population over 210,000 that accounts for 1% of the state population. It ranks the third most populous city in New York after New York City and Buffalo. It is known as “The Flour City”, “The Flower City”, “The World’s Image Center”.

Yonkers– The city has population over 200,000 that accounts for 1.0% of the state population. The city’s population is the fourth biggest in New York behind New York City, Buffalo and Rochester. Yonkers is known as “The Central City” and “The City of Gracious Living”. From 2010 to 2016 the population has only created by 2.5%.

Albany– The city has population over 98,000 that accounts for just 0.5% of the state population. Albany’s population has only fraction of the population of New York City. Albany is one of the first cities in the world to have installed public water mains. It is known as “Cradle of the Union”.


Facts About New York

  1. New York State was the principal battleground of many battles of the Revolutionary War.
  2. In 2014, Florida’s population surpassed New York State’s population.
  3. Albany, capital of the state of New York, is the longest continuously chartered city in the United States.
  4. In 1901, New York was the first state to require license plates on automobiles.
  5. New York State has about 1,300 museums and galleries, 64 performing arts centers, and 230 theaters.
  6. Niagara Falls, New York is the oldest state-promoted tourist attraction in the United States.
  7. Located in the northeastern United States, New York State is the largest of the three Middle Atlantic states and ranks 30th in size among the 50 states.
  8. The New York capitol building in Albany took 28 years (1867–1899), 5 different architects, and over $25 million to build.


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