We love New York at WorldRemit – we love its skyscrapers, its buzz, its history and its people, who come from all over the world, and we love the whole of New York State, too, which is home to nearly 20m people. But most of all we love the fact that you can now send money via WorldRemit from the state – and of course the city – to anywhere in the world.
To celebrate one of our favourite cities, we’ve found out some things to help you get to know New York better.
New York has always been a key arrival place for people coming to make new lives in the USA: the Statue of Liberty has stood at the entrance to the harbour since 1886, welcoming “the huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.
Many immigrants landed in the United States via Ellis Island in New York Harbour, which was the first federal immigration station, and between 1892 and 1954, more than 12m people passed through immigration there.
The island’s name comes from its first private owner, Samuel Ellis, who acquired it during the 1770s, but before then it had been known by the local Native American people as Kioshk, or Gull Island, and by the Dutch and British colonial immigrants as Oyster Island for its oyster beds.
Migrants who make their home in New York
New York City and New York State are still great melting pots: of the state’s some 20m inhabitants, immigrants make up about 22 per cent of the population, according to the State Comptroller Thomas P DiNapoli – that’s much higher than the nationwide figure of 13 per cent.
And most people migrating to the US settle in NYC: according to DiNapoli, nearly three quarters of the 631,000 immigrants who arrived in the US between 2010 and 2015 made their homes in the city.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, 23 per cent of New York State residents were immigrants in 2016, while nearly 21 per cent of American-born US citizens have an immigrant parent.
Of the immigrants, 4.5 per cent are from Africa, with more than half (107,591) coming from western Africa, and 42,191 from northern Africa.
It’s not just the iconic city, though, that’s provided new homes and new starts to migrants: by 1900, the state’s population of 7.3m was bigger than any other state in the Union, and now migrants and their children make up nearly a quarter of the population in Utica, while in other upstate cities Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Schenectady, more than 10 per cent of the people who live there are migrants.