New York State Facts and Symbols

New York became the 11th state in 1788 and is the 4th largest state by population with about 19.8 million residents. It is also the 30th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 54,556 square miles. New York is home to the city, New York, which is the nation's largest city with a population of over 8 million people.

New York was named after the Duke of York and was one of the original 13 states. It also was the location of our nation's first capital, New York City where George Washington was inaugurated in 1789.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the New York State Quarter.

New York State Flag

New York State Flag

New York State Facts

New York State Capital - Albany

State Nickname - The Empire State

State Slogan - "I Love NY"

State Motto - "Excelsior" (Ever Upward)

State Flower - Rose

State Tree - Sugar Maple

State Bush - Lilac

State Bird - Bluebird

State Animal - Beaver

State Freshwater Fish - Brook Trout

State Saltwater Fish - Striped Bass

State Insect - Ladybug

State Reptile - The Common Snapping Turtle

State Shell - Bay Scallop

State Fossil - Sea Scorpion

State Gemstone - Garnet

State Fruit - Apple

State Muffin - Apple Muffin

State Beverage - Milk

New York State Map:

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New York State Map

New York State Song:

I Love New York
Words and music by Steve Karmen

I LOVE NEW YORK (repeat three times)

There isn't another like it
No matter where you go
And nobody can compare it
It's win and place and show
New York is special
New York is diff'rent
'Cause there's no place else on earth
Quite like New York
And that's why

I LOVE NEW YORK (Repeat 3 times)

New York State Quarter

New York State Quarter - FrontNew York State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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