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Old 04-20-2009, 11:04 AM
 
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I agree. I think the top for should go without saying (though you could make arguments for different placement).

5. could go to either San Fran or Boston... it's almost a tossup. I'm inclined to lean a LITTLE towards San Fran, but it's too close to call. You could probably make an argument for Houston, Philly, or Atlanta here but I'd be a bit more comfortable with those fighting over a 6 spot.
Exactly what does Boston have over the sunbelt. I can see SF being 5, but Boston???
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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Considering politics, cultural, and economics here is my list. I also will include regions since the US is a fragmented country but yet unified:

1. NYC (capital East Coast)
2. LA (capital West Coast)
3. Washington D.C.
4. Chicago (capital mid-west)
5. San Francisco

Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Seattle also have strong reasons to be on the list.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The lunacy of the OP's question is baffling to say the least. There is no way to quantifiably answer this question with even a modicum of objectivity without any parameters given. Which are the top five most important cities on a national scale? In what way? In the minds of city-daters? Who cares? You really need to look at specific categories in order to rank cities in the US.

Historically, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, DC, Baltimore, St Louis and New Orleans are the most important.

Technologically, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Austin are the most important.

With regards to energy, Houston, Dallas and even Los Angeles are the most important.

With visual entertainment, it's New York and Los Angeles. Third place is so far distant it's not even important to argue over it, but it must be either Chicago or Atlanta.

For finance, there's only two cities, New York and Chicago, that even need to be mentioned.

Aerospace belongs to Houston and San Francisco (Palo Alto). Edit: also Denver.

Medicine is Houston and Baltimore, and New York and Chicago slide in at a distant (but worthy enough to mention) third and fourth. You could probably even make a case for Memphis due to St Jude's.

For cultural capitals, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles round out the top five (in no particular order). I'd personally place Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Miami and San Francisco in the second tier (again, in no particular order). Edit: would add Nashville here too.

For education, you need to look at either the Boston, New York or San Francisco areas. A case could also be made for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

For most urban, best skyline or some other nonsense rating, just reread all the old threads on this site.

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Old 04-20-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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The lunacy of the OP's question is baffling to say the least. There is no way to quantifiably answer this question with even a modicum of objectivity without any parameters given. Which are the top five most important cities on a national scale? In what way? In the minds of city-daters? Who cares? You really need to look at specific categories in order to rank cities in the US.

Historically, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, DC, Baltimore, St Louis and New Orleans are the most important.

Technologically, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Austin are the most important.

With regards to energy, Houston, Dallas and even Los Angeles are the most important.

With visual entertainment, it's New York and Los Angeles. Third place is so far distant it's not even important to argue over it, but it must be either Chicago or Atlanta.

For finance, there's only two cities, New York and Chicago, that even need to be mentioned.

Aerospace belongs to Houston and San Francisco (Palo Alto). Edit: also Denver.

Medicine is Houston and Baltimore, and New York and Chicago slide in at a distant (but worthy enough to mention) third and fourth. You could probably even make a case for Memphis due to St Jude's.

For cultural capitals, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles round out the top five (in no particular order). I'd personally place Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Miami and San Francisco in the second tier (again, in no particular order). Edit: would add Nashville here too.

For education, you need to look at either the Boston, New York or San Francisco areas. A case could also be made for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

For most urban, best skyline or some other nonsense rating, just reread all the old threads on this site.

You could easily add:

Raleigh to the technology (Research Triangle Park) and education (UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Duke) categories

Atlanta to the education category (Emory, Ga Tech, UGA, Morehouse, Georgia State, Agnes Scott, etc. and 200,000 college students)

Huntsville to the aerospace category (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command)

Cape Canaveral/Orlando to the aerospace category (Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station)
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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^Also for aerospace Seattle and Columbus, OH. I think that's the city in Ohio with a major aeronautics program. It also has the largest public univeristy in the country I think.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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The lunacy of the OP's question is baffling to say the least. There is no way to quantifiably answer this question with even a modicum of objectivity without any parameters given. Which are the top five most important cities on a national scale? In what way? In the minds of city-daters? Who cares? You really need to look at specific categories in order to rank cities in the US.

Historically, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, DC, Baltimore, St Louis and New Orleans are the most important.

Technologically, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Austin are the most important.

With regards to energy, Houston, Dallas and even Los Angeles are the most important.

With visual entertainment, it's New York and Los Angeles. Third place is so far distant it's not even important to argue over it, but it must be either Chicago or Atlanta.

For finance, there's only two cities, New York and Chicago, that even need to be mentioned.

Aerospace belongs to Houston and San Francisco (Palo Alto). Edit: also Denver.

Medicine is Houston and Baltimore, and New York and Chicago slide in at a distant (but worthy enough to mention) third and fourth. You could probably even make a case for Memphis due to St Jude's.

For cultural capitals, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles round out the top five (in no particular order). I'd personally place Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Miami and San Francisco in the second tier (again, in no particular order). Edit: would add Nashville here too.

For education, you need to look at either the Boston, New York or San Francisco areas. A case could also be made for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

For most urban, best skyline or some other nonsense rating, just reread all the old threads on this site.
Charlotte is pretty big when it comes to finance and Dallas could be added to technology.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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Technologically, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Austin are the most important.
You might be able to put NY up there.

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High-tech industries like software development, gaming design, and Internet services are also growing; New York is the leading international internet gateway in the United States, with 430 Gbit/s of international internet capacity terminates, because of its position at the terminus of the transatlantic fiber optic trunkline. By comparison, the number two U.S. hub, Washington/Baltimore, has 158 Gbit/s of internet terminates.[9] More than two-thirds of New Yorkers have Internet in their homes.
According to New York’s Economic Development Corporation, telecom carriers, cable companies, Internet service providers and publishers were a $23 billion industry in 2003. This represents over three percent of the city’s economy. The sector employs 43,000 city residents.
In 2006 Google moved into 311,000 square feet (28,900 m2) of office space in the second-largest building in New York City, at 111 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. The location is one of the most important "telecom hotels" in the world, a giant networking facility adjacent to the Hudson Street/Ninth Avenue fiber highway, one of the most critical Internet arteries in the world. Employing more than 500 people, it is Google's largest engineering complex outside of company headquarters. Google products engineered in the New York offices include Maps, Spreadsheets, Checkout, Blog search, and Mobile search. Google's large investment in its New York operations has led to speculation about new multimedia initiatives by the company.
[edit]Medicine and biomedical research
Research and Medical services drive New York's major healthcare industry. City New York has the most post-graduate life sciences degrees awarded annually in the United States, 40,000 licensed physicians, and 127 Nobel laureates with roots in local institutions. New York receives the second-highest amount of annual funding from the National Institutes of Health among all U.S. cities.
The major publicly-traded biopharma companies include Bristol Myers Squibb, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, ImClone Systems, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Regeneron, CuraGen, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals . Pfizer shifted 1,000 jobs to New York City from New Jersey, Missouri, Michigan and California in 2003. According to the Partnership for New York City, New York institutions create more biotechnology-related patents than any other metropolitan area in the United States, including New Haven, home of Yale University's medical research complex, which produces the greatest per capita output.
Health care industry employs approximately 375,000 people in New York City, making it the city's largest employer. In New York, 40,000 physicians work at more than 70 hospitals ; the city's 20 public hospitals served 1.5 million people in 1998 alone.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:38 PM
 
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Default I could really question quite a few of these..

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The lunacy of the OP's question is baffling to say the least. There is no way to quantifiably answer this question with even a modicum of objectivity without any parameters given. Which are the top five most important cities on a national scale? In what way? In the minds of city-daters? Who cares? You really need to look at specific categories in order to rank cities in the US.

Historically, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, DC, Baltimore, St Louis and New Orleans are the most important.

Technologically, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Austin are the most important.

With regards to energy, Houston, Dallas and even Los Angeles are the most important.

With visual entertainment, it's New York and Los Angeles. Third place is so far distant it's not even important to argue over it, but it must be either Chicago or Atlanta.

For finance, there's only two cities, New York and Chicago, that even need to be mentioned.

Aerospace belongs to Houston and San Francisco (Palo Alto). Edit: also Denver.

Medicine is Houston and Baltimore, and New York and Chicago slide in at a distant (but worthy enough to mention) third and fourth. You could probably even make a case for Memphis due to St Jude's.

For cultural capitals, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles round out the top five (in no particular order). I'd personally place Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Miami and San Francisco in the second tier (again, in no particular order). Edit: would add Nashville here too.

For education, you need to look at either the Boston, New York or San Francisco areas. A case could also be made for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

For most urban, best skyline or some other nonsense rating, just reread all the old threads on this site.
...but , especially the medicine angle; Boston could easily be ranked #1.

New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Houston and Atlanta within the top 10 as cultural capitals? Come on, now...at most, you could only choose one of these. Infatuation with southern cities only gets you so far.

The original poster just wanted to get some opinions regarding the 5 most influential, well-rounded cities in the nation which have the most impact in a national sense. Most, if not all the postings have NYC, LA, DC and Chicago in their listings; the 5th choice varies a bit from person to person. I don't think this"survey" is too baffling to anyone, and it's certainly not "lunacy" to try to get a consensus; why not?
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You could easily add:

Raleigh to the technology (Research Triangle Park) and education (UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Duke) categories

Atlanta to the education category (Emory, Ga Tech, UGA, Morehouse, Georgia State, Agnes Scott, etc. and 200,000 college students)

Huntsville to the aerospace category (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command)

Cape Canaveral/Orlando to the aerospace category (Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station)
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^Also for aerospace Seattle and Columbus, OH. I think that's the city in Ohio with a major aeronautics program. It also has the largest public univeristy in the country I think.
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Charlotte is pretty big when it comes to finance and Dallas could be added to technology.
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You might be able to put NY up there.
My list was by no means definitive, and I openly admit to missing a few, Charlotte and financing probably being the biggest.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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My list was by no means definitive, and I openly admit to missing a few, Charlotte and financing probably being the biggest.
Well don't let it happen agian!
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