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View Poll Results: Would the Midwest compare favorably to Canada if it were its own country?
Yes 12 57.14%
No 9 42.86%
Voters: 21. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-02-2015, 03:40 PM
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If the Midwest were a country of its own in North America, would it compare favorably with Canada overall?

I personally think the United States' four regions have the resources and capital to sustain themselves as independent countries if that was ever a possibility (it's not; just to get that out of the way). However there isn't anything wrong with still taking a look at it that way, at least on paper.

- Midwest: 67,745,108
- Canada: 35,675,834

Gross Domestic Product:
- Midwest: $3.263 Trillion
- Canada: $1.825 Trillion

Major population centers (using most expansive definitions):
- Greater Chicago CSA: 9.9 Million
- Greater Toronto (Golden Horseshoe): 8.9 Million
- Greater Detroit CSA: 5.3 Million
- Greater Montreal CMA: 3.9 Million
- Greater Minneapolis/Saint Paul CSA: 3.7 Million
- Greater Cleveland CSA: 3.5 Million
- Greater Saint Louis CSA: 2.9 Million

- Greater Vancouver CMA: 2.4 Million
- Greater Kansas City CSA: 2.4 Million
- Greater Cincinnati CSA: 2.2 Million
- Greater Columbus CSA: 2.3 Million
- Greater Indianapolis CSA: 2.3 Million
- Greater Milwaukee CSA: 2 Million
- Greater Grand Rapids CSA: 1.4 Million

- Greater Ottawa CMA: 1.3 Million
- Greater Calgary CMA: 1.3 Million
- Greater Edmonton CMA: 1.2 Million

- Greater Omaha CSA: 1 million
- Greater Madison CSA: 800,000

- Greater Quebec City CMA: 800,000
- Greater Winnipeg CMA: 750,000

Given that they share a lot of the same features, especially near their urbanized centers such as the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Passageway, among other qualities (such as both being predominantly inland (save for Vancouver and Halifax), they have comparable geographical and climatic attributes.

Anyhow, would you say that the Midwest could stack up favorably to Canada, if it were its own country in North America, why or why not? Which place would you say offers more? Support your answers and compare these places in whatever attributes you want to compare them in.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:39 PM
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Yes, most likely.

Chicago would = Toronto in national importance
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