25 Fun Facts About New Yorkers

Would you like to know some fun facts about New Yorkers? Those who reside in the U.S.’s largest city have a long history of interesting things that kind of sets them apart. But it’s not just their history that makes these incredibly diverse people unique. It’s their customs, likes, ingenuity, and wealth. Would you like to become a New Yorker? Then you might want to read up on today’s list. These are 25 Fun Facts About New Yorkers.


Though our list refers to New York city residents as "New Yorkers," there is debate as to the criteria for a genuine New Yorker. Some believe a New Yorker must be born in New York City. Others believe a person must have a certain length of residence (10 years) with certain key experiences (such as the knowledge of the subway system, how to hail a cab, etc).

New YorkerSource: nytimes.com

About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States is a New Yorker. Unsurprisingly, New York is the most populous city in the United States with a population of over 8.5 million people.

City crowdSource: nyc.gov


Over 3 million New Yorkers are foreign-born, and one quarter of them arrived here in 2000 or later.

born in another countrynyc.gov

New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia. It also has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world (even cities within Puerto Rico) and the largest Dominican population barring Santo Domingo.

Chinese personnyc.gov


Half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English with over 200 languages being spoken in the city.


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