AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in New York for 2016 using our Livability Score. The Livability Score for each city in New York is calculated out of 100 from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. New York has a population of 19,594,330 and a population density of 358.7 people per square mile. The capital city is Albany and the largest city in New York is New York. To filter the results, use the dropdown options to sort by population or category.