New York City’s Area.
How many people have ever stopped to inquire how many dwelling-houses there are in New York city? There are 81,828, with an average of 3.82 families to a house and five persons to a family, or nineteen persons to a house. Twenty years ago the average was 14. Ten years ago it was 16.5. Ten years hence, from present appearances and at the present rate of increase of flats and apartment houses and the abandonment of small brick dwellings, it will be 22. New York does not stand very high on the list of American cities in respect to area, being, in fact, the smallest geographically of any of the big cities except Baltimore, Cincinnati and Brooklyn. New Vork covers about the same area as Fall River, Buffalo, Denver, Duluth, or Sioux City. Chicago is four times as large, Philadelphia is three times as large, and New Orleans, St. Louis and Washington cover territory fifty per cent, greater. Des Moines, St. Paul and Minneapolis are each of them larger than New York. San Francisco, one-s’xth of the population, is slightly larger. Advocates of a “ greater New Vork” find encouragement in the fact that the population of the two cities of New Vork and Brooklyn, exclusive of outlying towns and regions included in the scheme, would foot up 2,915,000 against 2,447,000, the population of Paris, and 4,230,000, the population of London. New Vork-Brooklyn would then be the second largest city in the world. New ork is now third and Brooklyn the tenth. Together they would have an area of sixty-eight square miles. The area of London is 122 and of Paris 29. New Vork is one of the healthiest cities in the world, and is becoming more so each year, the death-rate from consumption, for instance, nowbeing 3.09 against 3.89 in 1880, 4.41 in 1872 and 4.65 in 1865.