You can't talk about New York state without mentioning New York, New York - the city that never sleeps! It's no secret that New York City has a dazzling array of restaurants, hotels, and events and attractions that draw tourists from across the globe. It is also a truly amazing place to live. Millions of Americans work and live in the city since it is a huge center of banking and finance within the United States. In contrast, the rest of the state is very rural, covered by farms and lovely countryside. If you looked at a map of New York cities you'd see that the largest state park in America, Adirondack Park, is located in New York. This lovely mountainous park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Olympic National Parks combined.
New York state is the third most populous state in the nation after California and Texas. And even though there is plenty of open land in the state, the majority of the population is concentrated in New York cities. Only 8% of New York's residents do not live in cities. New York City offers countless job opportunities, since some of the largest corporations in the world are based there. The rest of the state works in manufacturing and in agriculture. New York state grows more produce than 45 of the other 50 states in America. An abundance of dairy products, plums, grapes, apples, cherries, cabbage, potatoes and onions come out of New York every year. As far as weather goes, winters are long and cold in New York, although they are slightly warmer in New York City. Summers are humid.
Surprisingly, New York state actually has some of the lowest crime rates in all of America. The overall crime rate is far less than the US average. Even larger cities like New York City have crime rates below the national average.