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Full nameQueens
Official nameQueens County
Settlement typeBorough of New York City
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CityNew York City
TypeBorough (New York City)
Borough PresidentHelen Marshall (D)
District AttorneyRichard Brown
Total Area178.28 sq mi (461.7 km2)
Land Area109.24 sq mi (282.9 km2)
Water Area69.04 sq mi (178.8 km2)
Total Population2306712
Density (pop.)8150.8/km2 (21116/sq mi)
Other information
ZIP Code prefixes110--, 111--, 113--, 114--, 116--
Area code718, 347

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Queens is the easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City. The largest borough in area and the second-largest in population, it is coextensive with Queens County, an administrative division of New York state, in the United States.

Located on the western portion of Long Island, Queens is home to two of the three major New York City area airports, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. These airports are among the busiest in the world, leading the airspace above Queens to be the most congested in the country. It is also the location of the New York Mets baseball team, the US Open tennis tournament, Flushing Meadows Park, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup Studios, and Aqueduct Racetrack.

American Community Survey, immigrants comprise 47.6% of Queens residents.

With a population of 2.3 million, it is the second most populous borough in New York City (behind Brooklyn) and the tenth most populous county in the United States. It is also the nation's fourth-most-densely populated county (after the counties covering Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx). The 2.3 million figure is the highest historical population for the borough.

Were each borough an independent city, Brooklyn and Queens would be the country's third and fourth largest cities, respectively, after Los Angeles and Chicago.

Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York and was supposedly named for the Queen consort, Catherine of Braganza (1638 1705), the Portuguese princess who married King Charles II of England in 1662.

The borough is considered one of the more suburban boroughs of New York City, although there are numerous neighborhoods which are completely urban. The neighborhoods in eastern Queens have a look and feel similar to the bordering suburbs of western Nassau County. In its northwestern section, however, Queens is home to many urban neighborhoods and several central business districts. Long Island City, on the Queens' waterfront across from Manhattan, is the site of the Citicorp Building, the tallest skyscraper in New York City outside of Manhattan, and the tallest building on geographic Long Island.

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