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Manhattan is a borough in New York County, one of the five counties of New York City.

The community name derives from the Indian tribe living here when the Dutch arrived; the word translates as "small island" or "hilly island."

The latitude of Manhattan is 40.783N. The longitude is -73.966W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 75 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 1,537,195.


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Median household income
Local
$47,030
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Manhattan demographic reports
Manhattan is an island bounded by the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers.
Settled by the Dutch West India Company. Early colonists depended on trade for survival; Indian cereals were a staple of their diet. In its infancy, New Amsterdam was known as a "corrupt, mismanaged company town."

The British seized power in 1664, naming the colony after James, Duke of York.

Manhattan received national attention for terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when two jets were flown into the World Trade Center, collapsing both towers and killing thousands.
For more on New York, in the wake of the terrorist assault, see On New York: Quotations Through History
Filming location for:
· 2006 movie, "Borat"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Puerto Rican Day Parade - June 10, 2007
  • JVC Jazz Festival - June 17-30, 2007
  • Fringe NYC Festival - Aug. 10-26, 2007
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade - Nov. 22, 2007
  • Pride Week 2007 - June 17-24, 2007
  • Norwegian Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Manhattan web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Central Park, Riverside Park, Fort Tryon Park
Sports teams: Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL), Liberty (WNBA)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art
Colleges and universities: Columbia University, Fordham University, City University of New York, New York University, Yeshiva University, Barnard College
Quotes:
This is the town that never sleeps. That's why we don't live in Duluth. That plus I don't know where Duluth is. Lucky me.
-- 1993 movie, Manhattan Murder Mystery
Larry Lipton (Woody Allen)

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Neighborhoods in Manhattan include Chinatown, Financial District, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Inwood, Lenox Hill ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Manhattan include Chinatown, Financial District, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Inwood, Lenox Hill ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Manhattan demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the New York County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New York area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 10001 ZIP code.

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6% of Manhattan residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Manhattan ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Manhattan was $42,922, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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49% of Manhattan residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Manhattan include Greenwich Village Historic District, Hamilton Heights Historic District, MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District, Mount Morris Park Historic District, Saint Nicholas Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Manhattan, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $740.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $3,615.


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Newspapers in Manhattan include Villager

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New York County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Manhattan political report.

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The average commute time for Manhattan workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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“ This is the town that never sleeps. That's why we don't live in Duluth. That plus I don't know where Duluth is. Lucky me. ”
~ 1993 movie, Manhattan Murder Mystery
Larry Lipton (Woody Allen)

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