The borough of Queens is also the most ethnically diverse county in the United
States. As of the 2005 American Community Survey, immigrants
comprise 47.6% of its residents. It is estimated that by 2010
the majority of its population will be foreign born.[citation
needed] With a population of 2.2 million it is the second most
populous borough in New York City (behind Brooklyn) and the
tenth most populous county in the United States. The 2.2 million
figure is the highest historical population for the borough.
Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties
of New York and was named for the then-queen consort, Catherine
of Braganza, wife of Charles II. The borough is often considered
one of the more suburban boroughs of New York City. Neighborhoods
in eastern Queens have a look and feel similar to the bordering
suburbs of western Nassau County. In its western and central
sections, however, Queens is home to many urban neighborhoods
and several central business districts. Long Island City, on
the Queens' waterfront across from Manhattan, is the site of
the Citicorp Building, the tallest skyscraper in New York City
outside of Manhattan.
How safe is New York City? Contrary to popular belief, the City consistantly ranks in the top ten safest large cities in the United States. The NYPD is the largest municipal police force in the world and has it's own Movie/TV Unit.
New York Climate
New York has a humid continental climate resulting from prevailing wind patterns that bring cool air from the interior of the North American continent. New York winters are typically cold with moderate snowfall. New York Weather Forecast
New York's two key demographic features are its density and diversity. The New York City metropolitan area is home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel. It is also home to nearly a quarter of the nation's South Asians, and the largest African American community of any city in the country. Ethnic composition