New York City, New York

As the birthplace of many American cultural movements such as the Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century and the Jazz Age developing during the roaring twenties, it is no surprise that New York City is the perfect example of the cultural melting pot that describes the United States so well. Today, almost half of the New York City population’s first language is one other than English -- a reminder of why so many call it the crossroads of the modern world.

Wall Street, the famous street that runs eight blocks through the Financial District of lower Manhattan, has become almost a metonym for the financial markets of the United States as a whole. Home to the world’s two largest stock exchanges, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, Wall Street is often the catalyst for New York City’s reputation as the most economically powerful city as well as the leading financial center of the world.