Vital Statistics


The Great New York City Trivia & Fact Book by B. Kim Taylor

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Metropolitan area: 8,643,437 (1998)
City population: 7,420,166 (1998)
  • Bronx 1,195,599
  • Brooklyn 2,267,942
  • Manhattan 1,550,649
  • Queens 1,998,853
  • Staten Island 407,123

Area Codes

  • Manhattan:212
  • Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, & Staten Island:718
  • Wireless (eg beepers, cellular phones):917, 646

Weird facts

  • Garbage produced/day: 26,400,000 pounds
  • Total area: 301 square miles
  • Area of Manhattan: 22.7 square miles

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Source: Concise Columbia Encyclopedia