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Nassau, together with Suffolk County, to its immediate east, are generally referred to as" The Island" by area residents — as distinct from the New York City Boroughs of Queens(Queens County) and Brooklyn (Kings County), which are geographically on the island's westernmost end. Two cities, three towns, 64 incorporated villages, and numerous unincorporated hamlets are located within the county.
In 2010, Forbes magazine released its American Community Survey and named Nassau County number 11 in its list of the top 25 richest counties in America. The survey also named Nassau County the number one richest county per capita in the State of New York, with a median household income of $93,579.
Suffolk County is located on the eastern most portion of Long Island. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 1,518,475. It was named for the county of Suffolk in England, from which many of its earliest settlers came. The largest county on Long Island, it measures 86 miles (138 km) in length and 26 miles (42 km) in width at its widest (including water). The county seat is in Riverhead, though many county offices are in Hauppauge on the west side of the county where most of the population lices. There are also offices in Smithtown, for the legislature, as well as Yaphank and Farmingville.
New York City actually consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. With a population of 8,175,133 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles (790 km sq.), New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
Besides being an exciting place to live, "The City" has a significant impact on global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, technology, education and entertainment. As the host of the United Nations Headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs.