New York - Average Distance to Nearest Airport

This page presents statistics and a map.
See information on how and why they were computed.

12.86 mi. = mean distance of a person to his or her nearest major airport
Percent of population within a given distance of a major airport:
PercentileDistance (mi.)
10th percentile3.62
25th percentile5.28
50th percentile (median)8.12
75th percentile14.57
90th percentile29.51

This map displays the major airports in and around New York. It shows how the state can divided according to which airport is the closest as the crow flies.

The flags are a sample of 500 census tracts (of 4,870 tracts total) within the state.

On the above map, some census tract flags may look like they are colored for one airport's region but are actually in another airport's region. The census tract flags are colored with which airport they are closest to as the crow flies along the surface of the earth (the Haversine distance formula). The region boundaries that are displayed on map were computed assuming assuming the earth is flat. (The lines that divide regions are a Voronoi diagram, and I couldn't find any algorithm that calculate the lines on a sphere such as the earth.) In short, although a few census tracts may look like they're mislabeled near a boundary, it's actually the boundary that is slightly wrong.

19,378,102 = total population of New York
Table of most useful airports: (i.e., the airports that are the closest major airport for the most people)
Airport Code Number of People for whom this is their closest airport
LaGuardia Airport (and Marine Air Terminal)LGA5,562,292
John F. Kennedy International AirportJFK3,118,235
Long Island MacArthur AirportISP1,516,118
Buffalo Niagara International AirportBUF1,355,889
Syracuse Hancock International AirportSYR1,257,932
Albany International AirportALB1,246,445
Greater Rochester International AirportROC1,082,121
Stewart International AirportSWF1,054,841
Newark Liberty International AirportEWR1,034,222
Westchester County AirportHPN1,011,850
Greater Binghamton Airport (Edwin A. Link Field)BGM430,889
Elmira/Corning Regional AirportELM349,818
Burlington International AirportBTV255,983
Erie International Airport (Tom Ridge Field)ERI91,203
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International AirportAVP6,938
Theodore Francis Green State AirportPVD3,326


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