New York State Tracking Program


Quick Stats:

  • Although the vast majority of the state’s landscape consists of forests, farmland, mountains, waterbodies and open land, most of New York State’s population lives in urban areas.
    • In 2014, the state population was 19.75 million, 43% of which live in the five boroughs of New York City.
  • State counties differ considerably in terms of geography and demographics.
    • New York County (Manhattan) spanning 33.8 square miles has over 69,000 people per square mile.
    • Hamilton County (1,808 square miles) has fewer than three people per square mile.
Niagara Falls in New York


  • New York State Tracking partnered with the National Weather Service and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide a health-based justification for lowering the heat advisory threshold from 100 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The Governor issued a press releaseExternal highlighting the work.
  • New York State Tracking calculated census tract-based life expectancy dataExternal for New York State.
Data map of New York state for graphics purposes

Local Resources:

NYS Tracking has developed several resources to help residents prepare for extreme heat events and prevent heat-related illness.

Page last reviewed: December 10, 2018