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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.
Westchester County covers an area of approximately 450 square miles (1,200 km sq.) and has a population of approximately 950,000, residing in 45 municipalities. It was names after the city of Chester in England and the county seat is White Plains. It's location puts New York City and the Long Island Sound to its south, Putnam County on the north, Connecticut on the east, and Rockland County on the west. Westchester became the first large scale suburban area in the world to develop. Its significance as a suburb derived mostly from the upper-middle class development of entire communities in the late 19th century, and the rapid population growth that occurred as a result.
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.