New York Metro and State
The New York City metro area, which includes suburban New York City as well as northern New Jersey and parts of northeastern Pennsylvania, is the nation's largest, home to nearly 20 million people. To put that into perspective, the only two states with larger populations than the New York City metro area are California and Texas. However, metro New York only grew by an 8.8 percent clip during the 1990s, which pales in comparison to various Sun Belt locales, for example.
New York State itself has a population of over 19 million, ranking third in the nation, but the state is growing very slowly. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that New York will fall behind Florida in population by 2030, and the state is only projected to add about a half-million residents during that span. This population growth rate of 2.6 percent from 2000 to 2030 ranks 46th among the 50 states.
While New York City and its suburbs dominate the region, New York is a geographically large place, and is home to numerous medium-sized metro markets. The largest of these are Buffalo and Rochester, each with just over one million residents. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy has around 825,000 residents; Syracuse around 650,000; and Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown: around 625,000. Utica-Rome and Binghamton are home to around a quarter-million people each. Rounding out the list of New York metro areas are those with populations between 100,000 and 200,000: Kingston, Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia, Glens Falls, Ogdensburg-Massena and Watertown-Fort Drum.