25 Fun Facts About New Yorkers

Posted by , Updated on November 28, 2022

Would you like to know some fun facts about New Yorkers? Those who reside in the U.S.’s largest city have a long history of interesting things that kind of sets them apart. But it’s not just their history that makes these incredibly diverse people unique. It’s their customs, likes, ingenuity, and wealth. Would you like to become a New Yorker? Then you might want to read up on today’s list. These are 25 Fun Facts About New Yorkers.


Though our list refers to New York city residents as "New Yorkers," there is debate as to the criteria for a genuine New Yorker. Some believe a New Yorker must be born in New York City. Others believe a person must have a certain length of residence (10 years) with certain key experiences (such as the knowledge of the subway system, how to hail a cab, etc).

New YorkerSource: nytimes.com

About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States is a New Yorker. Unsurprisingly, New York is the most populous city in the United States with a population of over 8.5 million people.

City crowdSource: nyc.gov

Over 3 million New Yorkers are foreign-born, and one quarter of them arrived here in 2000 or later.

born in another countrynyc.gov

New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia. It also has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world (even cities within Puerto Rico) and the largest Dominican population barring Santo Domingo.

Chinese personnyc.gov

Half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English with over 200 languages being spoken in the city.


New Yorker Joseph Gayetty invented the commercial toilet paper in 1857. The original toilet paper products were aloe-infused sheets of manila hemp.

Toilet paperMentalfloss.com

There's a New Yorker who mines for gold in the cracks of New York's sidewalks with tweezers and a butter knife. In six days, he was able to make $819!

Gold miningnypost.com

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New Yorkers bite 10 times more people each year than sharks do worldwide.

Human bitewww.shark.ch/Information/Accidents/

New Yorkers drink 7 times more coffee than any other city in the United States.

Girl drinking coffeeWashingtonpost.com

More New Yorkers (as in people living in the city) commit suicide than are murdered.


If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please don’t go through this alone. There is help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


New York is home to the most billionaires in the world; 1 out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.

Billionairebusinessinsider.com; worldatlas.com

According to a 2014 study, New York is the unhappiest city in the United States followed by Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY.

angry businessmanTime.com

New Yorkers pay some of the highest rent in the United States. According to a 2015 Bloomberg report, the average monthly rent for a studio in Manhattan was $2,351 and a one-bedroom was $3,400.

apartments in New Yorkbusinessinsider.com

According to an Inrix 2016 traffic study, New Yorkers spend 89 hours a year stuck in traffic, which equates to a total cost of $2,533 for the commuter. However, people in Los Angeles have it worst with commuters spending 104 hours in traffic.

New York traffichttp://inrix.com/resources/inrix-2016-traffic-scorecard-us/

New Yorkers experienced their most peaceful day in history on November 28, 2012. On this day, not a single violent crime was reported.

NYPDSource: BBC.com

New York has the largest transgender population in the United States, which in 2016 was estimated to be 25,000.

Man holding a trans rights signSource: nydailynews.com

Less than 40 people live 800 feet (243 m) above the ground in New York City. These are exclusive spots reserved for the wealthiest residents.

View from windownytimes.com

A New Yorker by the name of Jesus Leonardo has cashed in an estimated $500,000 from discarded betting slips he found on the floors of an off-track betting parlor!

Person finding a betting clipSource: nytimes.com

Women in New York are legally allowed to walk around topless in public.

Woman showing off brasnpr.org

In 1884, New Yorkers were not convinced that the Brooklyn Bridge was safe. So P.T. Barnum marched 21 Elephants across the bridge to show that the bridge would hold. At that the time, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Brooklyn BridgeSource: behindthescenes.nyhistory.org

This should be pretty obvious, but New Yorkers are Yankee fans. Don't walk up to a New Yorker and proclaim you're a fan of the Red Sox. That's just a no-no. A big no-no.

Yankee hatSource: theculturetrip.com

General Tso's Chicken did not originate in China but rather New York. It was created by Chef Peng Chang-Kuei and was first served at his restaurant on 44th Street.

General Tso ChickenSource: matardornetwork.com

Next summer day when you crank up your AC, be sure to thank New Yorkers. Well, one particular New Yorker to be exact. Willis Haviland Carrier invented air conditioning. However, originally it wasn't meant to keep people cool but rather to solve a humidity problem at a printing plant.

AC repair manSource: Time.com

A New Yorker also invented the Teddy Bear. Originally, it was a toy created in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt. This was because Roosevelt had refused to shoot a bear that was tied up.

Teddy bearSource: nps.gov

A New Yorker was responsible for the first public brewery. In 1633, Peter Minuit set up the country's first public brewery inside a log cabin in Lower Manhattan.

Public BrewerySource :nycgo.com

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