New York Metro
If it were counted as a standalone city, Brooklyn would be the fourth largest in the nation. Located across the East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn is the most populous of all five New York City boroughs. Brooklyn covers 71 square miles of the land mass shared with Queens. Within its boundaries are thousands of acres of parks, seven miles of beaches and 65 miles of shoreline. The terrain is flat to gently sloping. Brooklyn is bordered to the east and south by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by the Upper Bay and to the north by Queens.
The borough of Brooklyn, with a population of nearly 2.6 million, is located entirely within Kings County and is divided into 18 community districts, many of which have been made famous in movies, books and television. One of the most well-known districts is 13, which includes Coney Island and Brighton Beach. The most populous is Community District 18, containing Flatlands, Mill Basin, Canarsie, Marine Park, and Bergen Beach.
Manhattan is home to more than 1.6 million residents who are part of a much bigger population system; the New York City metropolitan area is the largest in the United States, with more than 19 million inhabitants in three states. New York City consists of five boroughs with about 8.3 million people.
Over half of Manhattan’s labor market is involved in financial activities and the services sectors. This is due to New York City being the headquarters of some of the largest U.S.-based consulting businesses, accounting offices, insurance companies and legal firms, as well as the United Nations. In addition, Manhattan is the financial center of the country and home to the New York Stock Exchange. Many of the world's top banks and securities firms are located here. Major employers in the finance industry based in Manhattan include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.
Media conglomerate Time Warner is the largest company in the information sector, employing thousands of people in Manhattan from its headquarters at the Time Warner Center in Midtown.
Google has approximately 2,750 workers on payroll, and other large media employers in the borough are Viacom and Verizon.
The education and health services sector accounts for 14 percent of jobs in Manhattan. Large employers include New York University, Columbia University, New York-Presbyterian Healthcare, Mount Sinai Hospital and Continuum Health Partners Inc.
Located adjacent to the northern shore of the Long Island Sound, the New Haven-Milford metro stretches across 862 square miles into central Connecticut and encompasses all of New Haven County. The metro is bordered by Fairfield County to the west, Litchfield and Hartford counties to the north, and Middlesex County to the east. The urban areas lie mainly along the coastal plains and in river valleys.
The New Haven metro has a total population of 861,000 residents. New Haven is the largest city, with 129,800 citizens. Waterbury is the only other city with more than 100,000 persons. The county also features some of the wealthiest communities in the country, including Madison, Cheshire and Woodbridge.
While the New Haven economy remains rooted in education and healthcare, the region has transformed
into a center for biotechnology, attracting numerous startups to area facilities such as the 500,000-square-foot George Street Technology Center in Science Park. Pharmaceutical companies Genaissance and Achillion top the list of successful firms founded in New Haven. The driver behind this biotech emergence is Yale University, which has worked with the community to create an environment conducive to cutting-edge research and entrepreneurship.
Northern New Jersey
Northern New Jersey is part of the greater New York City metro, the largest urban area in the United States. Its topography consists of gently rolling hills and tidal marshlands. The region is bordered to the east by the Hudson River and New York City, to the south by Middlesex and Somerset counties, to the west by Pennsylvania, and to the north by suburban New York City. The area is almost fully developed and densely populated.