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Offical Name State of New York
Nickname The Empire State
Abbreviations NY, US-NY
Origin of Name After the Duke of York (of England)

Official Language None
Admission to Union 26 July 1788
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Albany
Largest City New York City
Population 18,976,457 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: dairy, apples, cherries, cabbages, potatoes, onions, maple syrup, plum, pears, peaches, grapes, hay, corn, wheat, oats, barley, soybeans, sweet corn, peas, carrots, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, celery, cheese, honey, seafood

Industry:financial and communications services, printing and publishing, scientific instruments, electric equipment, machinery, chemical products, tourism, garments, furs, railroad rolling stock, bus vehicles, ceramics, microchips, nanotechnology, photographic equipment, mining (construction materials, emery, talc, industrial garnets, zinc).

Area 54,520 square miles (141,205 km2)
Major Rivers Genesee River, Mohawk River, Hudson River
Major Lakes Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario
Highest Point Mount Marcy - 5,344 feet (1,629 meters)
Bordering States Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Bordering Country Canada
Bordering Body of Water Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, Atlantic Ocean

Flag New York Flag
Animal Beaver
Bird Bluebird
Insect Ladybug
Saltwater Fish Striped Bass
Fish Brook Trout
Reptile Common Snapping Turtle
Shell Bay Scallop
Fossil Sea Scorpion
Flower Rose
Fruit Apple
Tree Sugar Maple
Bush Lilac Bush
Beverage Milk
Muffin Apple Muffin
Gem Wine-Red Garnet

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