Upstate-Downstate New York Map

*Red: New York metropolitan area (Downstate)

*Orange: New York City exurbs which are rural in character but arguably still within the New York City sphere of influence (Downstate)
*Yellow: The standard definition of Upstate New York
*Green: North Country and Adirondacks, often referred to as the "true" upstate by natives

Upstate New York usually refers to the middle section of New York State. The northernmost region of New York is actually refered to as the "North Country". Downstate New York is the relatively small area around New York City.

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