Regional Planning

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The New York City metropolitan region (metro region) is home to 23.5 million people and 10.4 million jobs. Its economy accounts for nearly 10% of United States gross domestic product.

Just as our region’s size and strength are powerful assets, so are the connections between its residents. Millions of people commute within the 31 counties of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that make up the metro region. One in every five of New York City’s 4.3 million workers lives outside the city. This broad marketplace of talent benefits employees and employers across the metro region.

New York City recognizes that our regional relationships are essential to achieving job growth and fair housing goals. We work with our neighbors to ensure the metro region’s shared assets continue to support all who live and work here.

Our New Report: NYC Metro Top in U.S. for Life Sciences Jobs and Funding

Life Sciences in the NYC Metro is a first-of-its-kind report demonstrating the strength and scale of our region's life sciences economy. The report shows that the NYC Metro Region has nearly 150,000 jobs and 5,100 businesses, generating over $23 billion in wages last year—more than any other region in the U.S. Read the report here.

Learn about NYC and the Region

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Did you know that our region has the largest foreign-born population in the country?

That more than 275,000 New York City residents commute to jobs outside New York City?

Or that half of the metro region’s rental housing is in New York City?

NYC Metro Region Explorer provides population, housing and economic data. Explore the map and get quick facts with expert analysis.


NYC Planning’s Regional Planning Objectives

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Analyze regional population, economic and land use trends

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Connect with governments and planners across the region

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Instill regionalism in NYC planning activities



To contact us directly, please send an email to

To learn more about how the Department of City Planning engages the metro region here.