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Old 08-31-2009, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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How come lots of people thinks that Chicago is a city and state?
Nobody says; "I'm going to Illinois".. everybody says "Chicago".
People know more Chicago than its state of Illinois.

Last edited by Bo; 09-01-2009 at 10:40 AM.. Reason: Moved from General US. Single-state rule.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: MN
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That's how it is when there is a large city in a lesser known state. Just like many people say "Were going to New York... But they mean New York City, not the state.

I get that a lot too. Minneapolis is the only big city in Minnesota. Pretty much the nucleaus of the state. More people know the Twin Cities more than Minnesota.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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Chicago is probably the best example of a State where one city completely dominates. NYC is another, but in NY State, there are several mid-sized cities, in Illinois there are not.

There are others, though.

Washington - Seattle
Oregon - Portland
Maryland - Baltimore
Georgia - Atlanta
Minnesota - Twin Cities
Idaho - Boise
Iowa - Des Moines
Nebraska - Omaha
Arkansas - Little Rock
Indiana - Indianapolis
Utah - Salt Lake City
Hawaii - Honolulu

I'm sure there are others.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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^ I think Chicago overpowers more than any of those. The metro area is 75% of the state's population and it's all completely smashed into the very corner of the state. It's getting larger and larger as well. During the 90's Chicagoland grew by around 1,000,000 people, and Illinois grew by......1,000,000 people.

I was in Boston once with my parents, and when a stranger struck up a question and asked where we were from, my mom said "my husband and I are from Iowa, our son lives in Illinois". Without even thinking I got a weird look on my face and blurted out "I don't live in Illinois? I live in Chicago....."

I've been here for 8 years, but I actually still concider myself connected to A) Chicago and B) Iowa. Illinois in my mind never really enters the equation.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Actually, both Chicagoland (not including WI or IN) and metro NYC (not including CT or NJ) comprise approximately 70% of the population of their respective states.

Also NYC is about 30 times larger than the second biggest city in NY (Buffalo) while Chicago is only 17 times larger than the second biggest city (Joliet) and only 16 times larger than the second biggest city not in Chicagoland (Rockford).
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I can't speak for Chicago but if you've ever been to Atlanta you would see that it is pretty much its own world inside of Georgia.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Chicago does dominate its state, and just for the sheer size alone. The OP does bring up a good point, but we just haven't really thought that much about it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I can't speak for Chicago but if you've ever been to Atlanta you would see that it is pretty much its own world inside of Georgia.
atl and chicago are very similar in that aspect. outside of chicago u know u are in the country midwest... outside of atlanta u know u are in the country deep south.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Actually, both Chicagoland (not including WI or IN) and metro NYC (not including CT or NJ) comprise approximately 70% of the population of their respective states.

Also NYC is about 30 times larger than the second biggest city in NY (Buffalo) while Chicago is only 17 times larger than the second biggest city (Joliet) and only 16 times larger than the second biggest city not in Chicagoland (Rockford).
Joliet is part of Chicago proper, while Buffalo will always remain as it's own entity. Comparing the two is difficult at best.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Joliet is part of Chicago proper, while Buffalo will always remain as it's own entity. Comparing the two is difficult at best.
And that's why I mentioned Rockford.
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