New York City is the most populous city in the United States and one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York is an important center for international affairs and is widely deemed the cultural capital of the world. New York City is located on a large natural harbor on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States. A 2010 United States Census stated the population as 8,175,133 which is distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles, making New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. There are many highlights to New York City, also known as the Big Apple. Check out a list of our favorite attractions below.