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Old 01-20-2014, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Northern Indiana
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Just doing a comparison based thread on two of our older regions that are dominated by several large metros.

Comparing the largest and most well developed metropolitan areas of each region.

Midwest Metros (worth comparing):
-Chicago
-Minneapolis
-St. Louis
-Detroit
-Milwaukee
-Indianapolis
-Columbus
-Cleveland
-Cincinnati
-Louisville

East Coast Metros:
-New York City
-Philadelphia
-Boston
-Baltimore
-Washington D.C.
-Hartford/Stamford
-Providence
-New Haven
-Atlantic City
-Annapolis

If anyone feels I left out any important metros in any region feel free to add them. Basically just taking a thermometer of the mood on which metros people prefer and why. Obviously the east coast ones are generally larger, more developed, more dense, more historical, and so on. But I think there is a certain charm in the midwest cities that cannot be duplicated, and for this reason I think they are worth comparing and think these cities can all go toe to toe with each other.

Also, as far as distance between cities, Chicago is pretty much the epicenter of the midwest as NYC is the epicenter of the east coast. Here's some interesting data and how close they are to their neighboring metros.

* Chicago -> Milwaukee = 92.1 miles
* NYC -> Philadelphia = 94.5 miles
* NYC -> Atlantic City = 125.1 miles
* Chicago -> Madison = 147.3 miles
* NYC -> Providence = 181.3 miles
* Chicago -> Indianapolis = 183.2 miles
* NYC -> Boston = 215.4 miles
* NYC -> Itahaca = 223 miles
* NYC -> DC = 226 miles
* Chicago -> Detroit = 282.6 miles
* Chicago -> St. Louis = 296.8 miles
* Chicago -> Louisville = 297.6 miles
* Chicago -> Cleveland = 345.6 miles
* NYC -> Virginia Beach = 360 miles
* NYC -> Pittsburgh = 369.2 miles
* Chicago -> Minneapolis = 408.9 miles
* Chicago -> Nashville = 470.5 miles
* NYC -> Toronto = 490.9 miles
* Chicago -> Kansas City = 510.1 miles
* Chicago -> Toronto = 520.9 miles
* NYC -> Charlotte = 643.5 miles
* NYC -> Myrtle Beach = 657.9 miles
* NYC -> Chicago = 790.1 miles
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:34 PM
 
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Kansas City and Omaha are missing from the Midwest section.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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Apparently the East Coast ends at DC.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Northern Indiana
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Apparently the East Coast ends at DC.
Anything south of D.C. is pretty much the south. Sorry, I'm not including cities like Charleston, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Louisville isn't part of the Midwest. Also, if you are going to have Atlantic City, New Haven and Annapolis you should also have Madison, Des Moines, Toledo, Grand Rapids, Lincoln, Duluth and the Quad Cities (in addition to KC and Omaha).

Maybe it would be better to have separate categories for large and mid-sized metros.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Northern Indiana
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Louisville isn't part of the Midwest. Also, if you are going to have Atlantic City, New Haven and Annapolis you should also have Madison, Des Moines, Toledo, Grand Rapids, Lincoln, Duluth and the Quad Cities (in addition to KC and Omaha).

Maybe it would be better to have separate categories for large and mid-sized metros.
Great, add them all in there. I asked for people to include other cities if I left them out.

Although it's a debate for a different place and a different time, I think Louisville is more midwest than southern, which is why I included it.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Louisville isn't part of the Midwest. Also, if you are going to have Atlantic City, New Haven and Annapolis you should also have Madison, Des Moines, Toledo, Grand Rapids, Lincoln, Duluth and the Quad Cities (in addition to KC and Omaha).

Maybe it would be better to have separate categories for large and mid-sized metros.
Going by state lines alone, here are all the Northeastern cities with MSAs over 250k (Annapolis is only 40k total):

New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD
Pittsburgh, PA
Providence, RI
Hartford, CT
Buffalo, NY
Rochester, NY
Bridgeport, CT
Worcester, MA
Albany, NY
New Haven, CT
Allentown, PA
Syracuse, NY
Springfield, MA
Scranton, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Lancaster, PA
Portland, ME
York, PA
Reading, PA
Manchester, NH
Salisbury, MD
Trenton, NJ
Utica, NY
Erie, PA
Atlantic City, NJ
Norwich, CT
Hagerstown, MD


And here are the Midwest MSAs over 250k:

Chicago, IL
Detroit, MI
Minneapolis, MN
St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Kansas City, MO
Columbus, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Milwaukee, WI
Grand Rapids, MI
Omaha, NE
Dayton, OH
Akron, OH
Wichita, KS
Madison, WI
Toledo, OH
Des Moines, IA
Youngstown, OH
Lansing, MI
Springfield, MO
Fort Wayne, IN
Canton, OH
Davenport, IA
Peoria, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Rockford, IL
Kalamazoo, MI
South Bend, IN
Evansville, IN
Green Bay, WI
Lincoln, NE
Duluth, MN
Cedar Rapids, IA


That's 31 in the Northeast and 34 in the Midwest.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The power of perception is an interesting thing. The Midwest is often thought of as being synonymous with rust belt. The northeast is generally not, but once you get outside of the four biggest cities on the coast, it is at least as rust belt as the Midwest. People forget about that other part of the northeast (including a lot of people on the east coast).

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Old 01-21-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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And once you get west of Chicago, the Midwest is hardly Rust Belt at all.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Quality of life goes to the Mid West, East coast is more "important" though.
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