New York has a large number of rental properties available, starting with residential homes and condos, followed by townhouses, apartments, and waterfront homes. The state is expensive, with a cost of living that is higher than the national average. The housing options range from high-rise apartment buildings in urban areas to suburban homes in outlying neighborhoods.
Kings County is home to Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City's five boroughs. Brooklyn is known for its ethnic enclaves and the Brooklyn Bridge. It is home to financial back operations, entertainment, high tech and support services. Queens County is adjacent to Brooklyn at the western end of Long Island and has a high foreign-born population. Queens is also home to the JFK and LaGuardia Airports. New York County is the home to Manhattan, which is considered the economic and cultural center of the United States. Manhattan is also home to two of the world's largest stock exchanges and the United Nations Headquarters. In addition, this borough is known to have the most expensive real estate in the world. Tourism is high in Manhattan and many districts and landmarks are of great interest. The city government is also based here, as are a number of colleges and universities, including Columbia and New York Universities.
The New York economy is led by finance, technology, media, entertainment, tourism, and exports. Healthcare is the largest employer in New York, led by companies such as North Shore-LIJ Health System, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York University School of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center. Walmart, Wegmans Food Markets, and Macy's lead the retail sector and the finance sector is represented by JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch. Verizon is the leading telecommunications employer and IBM dominates as the leading technology employer.