Fun New York Facts

POPULATION:
18,976,457 in the 2000 US Census.
NICKNAME:
the "Empire State."
STATE MOTTO:
"Excelsior" which means "ever upward."
OTHER FACTS:
  • Over 1,500,000 gallons of water a second go over Niagara Falls, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in the world.
  • The Hudson River is the state's longest river at 306 miles.

  • The first election for governor took place between Philip Schuyler and George Clinton in 1777.

  • Albany became the state capital in 1797.