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Old 06-20-2010, 07:18 PM
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Location: Santa Maria, CA
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Default towns and cities of 50,000 population and more...

Why is it more people know about cities with 50K and more versus smaller cities and towns with less? When people tell them where they are from they mention the nearest town or city of 50K. Why? What makes an area so special when they reach 50K?
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:06 PM
 
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Why is it more people know about cities with 50K and more versus smaller cities and towns with less? When people tell them where they are from they mention the nearest town or city of 50K. Why? What makes an area so special when they reach 50K?
Relevance.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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How is it more relevant?
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:39 PM
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How is it more relevant?
Yes. Why do people mention the larger community? Because they expect to know the larger community? I just wonder why some people mention some communities over others. I mean when you want to mention to people where you live what city do you chose to mention? Is it the city with the most people, the wealthiest city, or the city with the largest downtown? In my area, no one knows Atascadero or Paso Robles. If you mention San Luis Obispo they know it because it's a wealthy community and it has a college. If people mention Monterey over Salinas they are more likely to know Monterey. They know it for it's wealth and tourism and not it's population. AHH THIS TOPIC MAKES MY HEAD HURT. I hate going away from college and telling people where I live. I'll say the moon because I hate being labeled from where I'm from.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Let's just say everyone in these two towns have 5 close friends/family members who live outside of town.

Dale City- 50K
Wing City- 10K

250,000 people will have mutual connections with people in Dale City
50,000 people will have mutual connections with people in Wing City.

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IDK, it just seems obvious to me as to "why"..
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:55 PM
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Location: Santa Maria, CA
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Let's just say everyone in these two towns have 5 close friends/family members who live outside of town.

Dale City- 50K
Wing City- 10K

250,000 people will have mutual connections with people in Dale City
50,000 people will have mutual connections with people in Wing City.

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IDK, it just seems obvious to me as to "why"..
Makes sense. But if Wing city has a world-class beach or some geographic attraction there will be many tourists who know the city. Or say both cities are of same size, the one that gets more tourists because more people come out of area to visit it for it's nice shops or some tourist destination.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Makes sense. But if Wing city has a world-class beach or some geographic attraction there will be many tourists who know the city. Or say both cities are of same size, the one that gets more tourists because more people come out of area to visit it for it's nice shops or some tourist destination.
Well if it has these things then it would be well known for what it offers. Atlantic City is well known (more so than any other larger Jersey Shore cities), but most don't realize that is has less than 40K people.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Why is it more people know about cities with 50K and more versus smaller cities and towns with less? When people tell them where they are from they mention the nearest town or city of 50K. Why? What makes an area so special when they reach 50K?
50,000 is the cut-off point a core city needs to be counted by the census as a metropolitan area.

Is Hilo, Hawaii less significant or relevant than Ames, Iowa? (In population the micropolitan area of Hilo is bigger than metropolitan Ames, but Ames is metropolitan as its core city is over 50,000) Maybe not, perhaps even probably not, but that's the way the cut-off works. Hence it's what is used on website.

However my guess is that in smaller or less densely populated states places under 50,000 can/will be known in the area. Bozeman I think is fairly well-known in Montana and maybe in the neighboring states. Rutland I think is fairly well-known by Vermont standards.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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I grew up in a city in NE WI by the name of Menasha, population 30,000 or so. Menasha is located in the Fox Cities metro area, population 400,000, the biggest city being Appleton. When I'm in WI or a regional city like Chicago or Minneapolis, I tell people I'm originally from Appleton or the Fox Cities because most people are familiar with it in those places. Whenever I'm outside of the Upper Midwest, I usually tell people I'm originally from Green Bay or Oshkosh. Menasha is a lot closer to Green Bay and Oshkosh than it is to Milwaukee or Madison, and most people are familiar with the Green Bay Packers or Oshkosh B'Gosh clothing. It's all about giving people a reference point.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:05 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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The town I live in is 96 miles from any city with over 50,000.
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