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Queens County, New York, is one of 62 counties in New York State. Queens County is better known as just “Queens”, one of the five boroughs of New York City.

The British and the Dutch established 17th and 18th century communities in the area that is now Queens. It was named after an English Queen, Catherine of Braganza, and the Portuguese wife of Charles II. Queens is 110 square miles in area, more than any other county of Long Island. Queens is a flat plain with scenic hills on its east and west borders. Rivers, bays and salt marshes mark its northern and southern borders.

It is the ninth largest county population in the nation and was ranked first in the state for population growth during the 1990’s, when the percent change from 1990 to 2000 was 14.2%. Population in 2000 was 2,229,379 according to the U.S. Census and is estimated at 2,237,216 for 2004.

While Queens has many “neighborhoods” the U.S. Post office divides it up into “cities”: Long Island City, Jamaica, Flushing and Far Rockaway. Most neighborhoods have no solid boundaries and at times residents are left guessing as to which neighborhood they live in.

Queens County, New York is home for two of the world’s busiest airports, LaGuardia and JFK International. JFK’s neighbor is the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refugee, a 9000-acre wildlife refuge that is nationally and internationally renowned as a prime birding spot. Thousands of water, land and shorebirds stop here during migration. More than 325 species have been recorded in Queens during the last 25 years.

Western Queens County, NY is becoming an artistic hub, including the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Museum for African Art, and the American Museum of the Moving Image. Queens is increasingly attracting film studios. This is a return of an industry that had departed the area decades earlier, most notably the Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Queens, where a number of network television shows are made.

York College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, was the first to be funded in 1967 by CUNY. Noted for its Health Sciences Programs, the Northeast Regional Office of the (FDA) Food and Drug Administration is located on the York campus in Queens. Also in Queens is one of the CUNY Senior Colleges, Queens College, offering degree programs to the Masters level, and one of six CUNY system Community Colleges: Queensborough Community College. Perhaps the best known in Queens, NY is St. John's University. Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Fathers, St. John's currently has an enrollment of over 19,000 students from across the United States and around the world.

Queens, New York is a borough of choices. Art, history, music and sports are some of the attractions for those who live here or visit. Queens County, NY was recently named the most diverse county in the nation. From the Amazing Mets and Shea Stadium to Flushing Meadows Park, Queens was the site of both the 1939 New York World's Fair, the 1964 New York World's Fair and the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament.

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