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View Poll Results: Top 3 Most Important City In The West Coast In The U.S.
Seattle 13 16.67%
Portland 1 1.28%
Sacramento 1 1.28%
Oakland 0 0%
San Francisco 14 17.95%
San Jose 1 1.28%
Fresno 1 1.28%
Los Angeles 40 51.28%
Long Beach 1 1.28%
San Diego 4 5.13%
Las Vegas 0 0%
Phoenix 2 2.56%
Voters: 78. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Yawns.

The Bay Area is bigger than Seattle and San Diego combined.
Yes, but "The Bay Area" wasn't one of the choices; San Francisco was. And San Diego is bigger than San Francisco.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Yes, but "The Bay Area" wasn't one of the choices; San Francisco was. And San Diego is bigger than San Francisco.
Then why did you rank Seattle ahead of San Francisco and San Jose as they are both larger than Seattle?

Pray tell? lol
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LA-big entertainment hub, second biggest American city
San Diego-Pacific fleet, second biggest West Coast city after LA
Seattle-Of huge importance for the Pacific Northwest
Seattle being of huge importance to the PNW is one thing but the PNW is still smaller than Northern California which has 16 Million people and a larger economy than every state except CA, TX and NY.

So basically your saying that its okay to pick 2 SoCal cities, one of which(SD) is way less important on the national and world level than SF, and Seattle which is big and influential, but more than SF, No.

The Bay Area is a bigger corporate center than anywhere on the West Coast including LA. SF is the financial center of the West and Silicon Valley is the most relevant economic region in the world at this point in time.

But to each his own. I'm not here to change your mind, just present the facts.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I guess you're right, didn't think of that. But it always seemed like Seattle had more of a presence than San Francisco, and certainly San Jose. But whatever, I may be wrong.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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I guess you're right, didn't think of that. But it always seemed like Seattle had more of a presence than San Francisco, and certainly San Jose. But whatever, I may be wrong.
San Jose isn't well known outside the area but that is a profit driving megaforce if you include silicon Valley area between San Jose & SF. I agree that Seattle has great prescence and several corporations develped there into the world's top including:

Boeing - #1 commercial aricraft builder
Microsoft - #1 software company
Starbucks - #1 coffee company
Amazon - #1 online retailer
Expedia - #1 online travel agency
Costco -#1 wholesale/retail company

Grunge - best music to come out of anywhere and anytime (JMO)
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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I would have no trouble with the Bay Area as number 2. San Francisco is in fact an odd Place. It does not fit well as a component of the Bay Area...particularly not in a list that includes San Jose. And many from SF would deny it as a component of anything else.


It is a major financial center. That rates it right up there just below Charlotte, NC. in the overall scheme of things.

But the Bay area? Number two to LA followed by Seattle and the rest.

I think it more rational to run theswe kinds of things against MSAs. SF or even San Diego or Las Vegas are just too small to play.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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San Jose isn't well known outside the area but that is a profit driving megaforce if you include silicon Valley area between San Jose & SF. I agree that Seattle has great prescence and several corporations develped there into the world's top including:

Boeing - #1 commercial aricraft builder
Microsoft - #1 software company
Starbucks - #1 coffee company
Amazon - #1 online retailer
Expedia - #1 online travel agency
Costco -#1 wholesale/retail company

Grunge - best music to come out of anywhere and anytime (JMO)
Not to pick on you specifically, but this is a perfect example of what always happens when it comes to SF:

Seattle gets to claim Costco and Microsoft even though those companies are not located in the city of Seattle, but when it comes to the Bay Area, suddenly people become technical and extremely aware of city limits and have amnesia regarding metropolitan areas.

Anyway, Here are the Fortune 1000 Companies 2013 for the largest west coast metro regions:

San Francisco: 57 companies
3 Chevron $233.9 Billion
6 Apple $156.5 Billion
14 McKesson $122.7 Billion
15 Hewlett-Packard $120.4 Billion
25 Wells Fargo $91.2 Billion
54 Intel $53.3 Billion
55 Google $52.2 Billion
60 Cisco Systems $46.1 Billion
62 Safeway $44.2 Billion
80 Oracle $37.1 Billion
179 Gap $15.7 Billion
183 PG&E $15.0 Billion
196 eBay $14.1 Billion
248 URS $11.0 Billion
260 Visa $10.4 Billion
262 Synnex $10.3 Billion
278 Ross Stores $9.7 Billion
280 Gilead Sciences $9.7 Billion
302 Applied Materials $8.7 Billion
362 Franklin Resources $7.1 Billion
368 Core-Mark Holding $6.9 Billion
371 Agilent Technolgies $6.9 Billion
379 Symantec $6.7 Billion
408 NetApp $6.2 Billion
420 Sanmina $6.1 Billion
461 Clorox $5.4 Billion
474 Advanced Micro Devices $5.4 Billion
482 Facebook $5.1 Billion
487 SanDisk $5.1 Billion
488 Charles Schwab $5.0 Billion
494 Yahoo $5.0 Billion
520 Levi Strauss $4.6 Billion
540 Adobe Systems $4.4 Billion
542 Juniper Networks $4.4 Billion
553 Nvidia $4.3 Billion
558 Intuit $4.2 Billion
565 Electronic Arts $4.1 Billion
571 Robert Half International $4.1 Billion
582 Williams-Sonoma $4.0 Billion
629 Netflix $3.6 Billion
681 KLA-Tencor $3.2 Billion
702 Salesforce.com $3.1 Billion
747 Varian Medical Systems $2.8 Billion
775 Lam Research $2.7 Billion
808 LSI $2.5 Billion
833 Sunpower $2.4 Billion
835 Maxim Integrated Products $2.4 Billion
853 Autodesk $2.3 Billion
864 Xilinx $2.2 Billion
866 Brocade Communications $2.2 Billion
886 Intuitive Surgical $2.2 Billion
919 Prologis $2.1 Billion
921 Granite Construction $2.1 Billion
925 Bio-Rad Laboratories $2.1 Billion
935 Trimble Navigation $2.0 Billion
966 Equinix $1.9 Billion
964 Verifone Systems $1.9 Billion

Los Angeles: 37
66 Walt Disney $42.3 Billion
76 Ingram Micro $37.8 Billion
102 DirecTV $29.7 Billion
125 Occidental Petroluem $24.3 Billion
162 Amgen $27.3 Billion
212 Edison International $14.1 Billion
222 Western Digital $12.5 Billion
236 Health Net $11.5 Billion
249 Jacobs Engineering Group $10.9 Billion
313 Reliance Steel & Aluminum $8.4 Billion
320 AECOM Technology $8.2 Billion
327 Broadcom $8.0 Billion
331 Spectrum Group International $8.0 Billion
369 Pacific Life $6.9 Billion
372 Dole Food $6.8 Billion
375 Avery Dennison $6.8 Billion
387 CBRE Group $6.5 Billion
395 Mattel $6.4 Billion
423 Molina Healthcare $6.0 Billion
439 Live Nation Entertainment $5.8 Billion
440 Allergan $5.8 Billion
527 First American Financial $4.4 billion
570 Tutor Perini $4.1 Billion
603 Stater Bros. Holdings $3.9 Billion
610 Unified Grocers $3.8 Billion
751 Mercury General $2.8 Billion
769 Tetra Tech $2.7 Billion
778 Guess $2.7 Billion
827 Apria Healthcare $2.4 Billion
904 Guitar Center Holdings $2.1 Billion
908 Teledyne Technologies $2.1 Billion
930 Monster Beverage $2.1 Billion
944 Quicksilver $2.0 Billion
971 HCP $1.9 Billion
976 Edwards Lifesciences $1.9 Billion
996 Public Storage $1.8 Billion
1000 Cheesecake Factory 1.8 Billion

Seattle: 14
22 Costco Wholesale $99.1 Billion
35 Microsoft $73.7 Billion
49 Amazon.com $61.1 Billion
168 Paccar $17.7 Billion
208 Starbucks $13.3 Billion
227 Nordstrom $12.1 Billion
363 Weyerhauser $7.1 Billion
428 Expeditors International of Washington $6.0
Billion
515 Alaska Air Group $4.7 Billion
583 Expedia $4.0 Billion
673 Puget Energy $3.2 Billion
877 Coinstar $2.2 Billion
917 Symetra Financial $2.1 Billion
949 Esterline Technologies $2.0 Billion

Phoenix: 12
117 Avnet $25.7 Billion
156 Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold $18.0 Billion
199 US Airways Group $13.8 Billion
323 Republic Services $8.1 Billion
377 PetSmart $6.8 Billion
470 Insight Enterprises $5.3 Billion
554 Apollo Group $4.3 Billion
643 Swift Transportation $3.5 Billion
657 First Solar $3.4 Billion
668 Pinnacle West Capital $3.3 Billion
732 On Semiconductor $2.9 Billion
757 Amkor Technology $2.8 Billion

San Diego: 7
149 Qualcomm $19.1 Billion
281 Sempra Energy $9.6 Billion
607 Life Technologies $3.8 Billion
622 Carefusion $3.7 Billion
686 Leap Wireless $3.1 Billion
894 Jack in the Box $2.2 Billion
933 Pricesmart $2.1 Billion

Portland: 4
126 Nike
355 Precision Castparts
661 Schnitzer Steel $3.3 Billion
730 Stancorp Financial $2.9 Billion
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:54 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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We're talking about city proper in this topic, I think, given what the OP has listed in the poll options and not MSAs or CSAs. If that's the case, then I think it's LA, San Diego, and SF.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:58 PM
 
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Los Angeles
San Francisco
Seattle

(strictly talking major cities)
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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We're talking about city proper in this topic, I think, given what the OP has listed in the poll options and not MSAs or CSAs. If that's the case, then I think it's LA, San Diego, and SF.
And the city of San Francisco is the centerpiece and most important city of the Bay Area. That's why the larger economy of the region must be taken into account, just as it is in LA, Seattle, Portland, et al.

San Diego doesn't really rate among the top 3, in my opinion. It's more like the Jacksonville of the west.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:26 PM
 
Location: surrounded by reality
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...

Anyway, Here are the Fortune 1000 Companies 2013 for the largest west coast metro regions:

San Francisco: 57 companies
3 Chevron $233.9 Billion
6 Apple $156.5 Billion
14 McKesson $122.7 Billion
...

Los Angeles: 37
66 Walt Disney $42.3 Billion
76 Ingram Micro $37.8 Billion
102 DirecTV $29.7 Billion
...

Seattle: 14

22 Costco Wholesale $99.1 Billion
35 Microsoft $73.7 Billion
49 Amazon.com $61.1 Billion
To your point about the fact that some large headquarters are in the 'burbs, I'd be interested to know if you compared the companies with headquarters within city limits, what would the list look like.
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