New York isn’t called the Big Apple for nothing. Seen by many as a place to achieve big dreams and better life, New York’s population is the highest in the entire country. As of 2010, the city already has record high 8,175,133 inhabitants – a 2.1% increase from the last 10 year’s count.

Majority of the city’s population is made of non-Hispanic people (also called whites) with 33%, it is followed by the non-Hispanics (or black) at 23%, and Asians at 13%. Although the last has the lowest percentage of the city’s population, it was seen to be the fastest growing race.

Because of this varied descents of the city’s people, it is not surprising for it to be also tagged as a melting pot of brains and talents. In fact, there’s quite a number of New Yorkers who have made their names throughout the world.

Some names who excelled in their field are the following:


Among the famous icons in the field of sports are boxers Giacobbe LaMotta who is better known as Jake LaMotta, James J. Braddock whose life was made to film through “Cinderella Man”, and of course, Mike Tyson. Former basketball player and coach Mario Elie, college football coach, Joe Paterno, and ice hockey defenseman Mathieu Schneider are also natives from the city.

Film and Television

Many of Hollywood’s A-list stars are also proud New Yorkers. Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver; actress, model, and author Brooke Shields; television star Alyssa Milano; versatile actress Anne Hathaway; and sultry Scarlett Johansson are just among the beautiful faces we see on screen who are from New York. Male famous New Yorkers include Film director Woody Allen; multi-awarded actor and director, Robert De Niro; action star Vin Diesel; and Academy Award nominee and film director, Tommy Lee Jones among others.


Many of native New Yorkers have been ruling the pop charts these days. Some of them are Jennifer Lopez whose song “Jenny from the Block” mentioned about her growing up in Bronx; R&B star, Alicia Keys; Grammy winner, Norah Jones; and even the multi-awarded singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga.

Science and Non-Science

Proving that it’s not only in the entertainment industry that the New Yorkers excel, NASA director Daniel Goldin, Nobel laureate Kenneth J. Arrow, judge Charles Daly, industrialist Armand Hammer, and Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Burton Richter are some of those considered geeks from the city.

These are just to only name a few of the famous personalities who are native from the city. With this wide list of ‘celebrities’, it’s not a surprise why many people flock New York City.