Brooklyn

Brooklyn (/ˈbrʊklɪn/) is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with approximately 2.5 million residents, and the second-largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York State and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan). It is also the westernmost county on Long Island. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Brooklyn was an independent city until it was annexed by New York City in 1898. It continues to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic groups and cultures predominate. Brooklyn's official motto is Eendraght Maeckt Maght. Written in the (early modern spelling of the) Dutch language, it is inspired by the motto of the United Dutch Provinces and translated "Unity makes strength". The motto is displayed on the borough seal and flag, which also feature a young robed woman bearing fasces, a traditional emblem of Republicanism. Brooklyn's official colors are blue and gold.

New York's five boroughs overview
Jurisdiction Population Land area
Borough of County of 1 July 2011
Estimates
square
miles
square
km
Manhattan New York 1,601,948 23 59
The Bronx Bronx 1,392,002 42 109
Brooklyn Kings 2,532,645 71 183
Queens Queens 2,247,848 109 283
Staten Island Richmond 470,467 58 151
City of New York 8,244,910 303 786
State of New York 19,465,197 47,214 122,284
Source: United States Census Bureau

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