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The Big Apple

New York is most commonly known as the Big Apple, which is a term that was coined by musicians meaning to play the big time. The state’s official nickname is the “Empire State” which was acquired to recognize New York’s vast wealth and variety of resources.

The Big Apple is the next stop in our United States of Energy data series ranking number 49 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $18.74 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. New York produces more hydroelectric power than any other state east of the Rocky Mountains. Per capita energy consumption in New York is among the lowest in the Nation due in part to its widely used mass transportation systems.

Did you know? Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Olympic Parks combined.

New York has many wilderness fun facts: the state is home to 58 species of wild orchids. New York has over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island in New York. Niagara Falls, which borders Canada and New York, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

How much do you know about The Big Apple?

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