Jamaica can be confused for being an independent city, after all, there are plenty of musical and entertainment references to the Queens, New York neighborhood. For a neighborhood, it has a sizeable population which could rival most middle sized cities in other parts of the country. As of 2000, there were 216,866 people living within the confines of the Queens neighborhood. The neighborhood is diverse, and has recently seen an influx of immigrants change the composition of its demographics.
Jamaica, Queens has multiple options for transportation throughout the neighborhood. These include the Long Island Rail Road, which sends passengers to different stops along Long Island, as well as more traditional subway stops such as the IND Queens Boulevard Line, and the Archer Avenue Line. Jamaica also has an extensive bus service that rides throughout the city as well as to neighboring areas such as Hicksville, the Bronx, and Midtown Manhattan.