New York State's Quality of Life

Quality of Life
New York State vibrates with energy and excitement, offering activities for every age and taste. We believe the rich diversity of the New York experience inspires our people-in their jobs and in their lives. Within our borders you'll find the most stimulating city in the world, suburban living at its best, spectacular wilderness settings and world-class theater, museums, art, sports, and entertainment. Visit the I Love New York website for a virtual tour of the Empire State.
 
For outdoor adventure, New York State shelters 178 State Parks, 46 majestic mountain peaks, hundreds of miles of ocean and coastal beaches, and myriad lakes, ponds, streams, and wild life preserves. Playing an important role in our nation's past, New York has more than 5,451 nationally registered historic places to explore, as well as 36 state-owned historic sites.
 
The heart and spirit of New York State spans eleven diverse regions, each endowed with unique natural, cultural, recreational, and commercial characteristics. New York State hosts visitors from all over the world, but there has never been a better time to make a commitment to live and work in New York State. In addition to a convenient northeastern location, the State offers businesses and residents many financial incentives.
 
 
Superior Schools
New York schools set national standards for excellence, ensuring a brighter future for our State. In Advanced Placement examinations, our students account for over 8% of national participants, and 63% of our students' Advanced Placement exams qualified for college credit. We are ranked first in the nation in number of first tier universities based on 70 criteria, first in number of public libraries and branches, and first in enrollment in private institutions of higher learning.
 
 
High Quality, Affordable Health Care
Unprecedented investments in health care have placed New York State among the national leaders in expanding health care coverage and providing access to high quality and affordable health services. The State has launched new programs to ensure access to health care for all New Yorkers. These include Family Health Plus, Healthy New York, Child Health Plus, and the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC).

Visit the EPIC Web site here.

 

For more information, contact Empire State Development at 1-800-STATE-NY or visit your ESD Regional Office.

 

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