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Old 12-20-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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So, what are your top 5 (or 10) cities in the U.S., based on its specialties, economy, and cultural significance on a national and global scale?

I'll start mine off with the standard heavy hitters:

1. NYC
2. LA
3. Chicago
4. Washington, DC
5. Boston

(LA and Chicago will obviously be debatable)

If you want my complete top 10, here's the rest of the list:

6. San Francisco
7. Houston
8. Atlanta
9. Dallas
10. Miami

 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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I would rank DC higher

1. NYC
2. Washington, DC
3. Chicago
4. LA
5. Boston

6. Houston
7. San Francisco
8. Atlanta
9. Miami
10. Philadelphia
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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The only issue I have with ranking DC as two is, it's obviously a political center, so to rank it as two you'd be valuing politics. However, if you place politics first, then you need to put it above NYC; putting it second to NYC implies that economy comes first; in which case, you can't put it above Chicago and LA. I don't mean to bash, I'm just saying that the "city review" system seems a little disorganized when political power and economy are up in the air as to which is more important.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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The only issue I have with ranking DC as two is, it's obviously a political center, so to rank it as two you'd be valuing politics. However, if you place politics first, then you need to put it above NYC; putting it second to NYC implies that economy comes first; in which case, you can't put it above Chicago and LA. I don't mean to bash, I'm just saying that the "city review" system seems a little disorganized when political power and economy are up in the air as to which is more important.
It is really silly to say that DC as two values politics. Yes it was started as the national capital, but it is still rich in culture. It has some very fine museums, it is world known, often called the capital of the free world, It has about 170 embassies, etc. And even though government contributes a lot to the economy, it is still a large economy.
That is why I think it is worth the number two spot, even though LA and Chicago are larger. Besides, DC has a larger per capita GDP than Chicago
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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Fair enough. In my personal opinion, I wouldn't really say that it's cultural status is above the pure economic power produced by Chicago and LA, but I see where you're coming from.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:26 PM
 
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It is tough to rank, I think there are a couple of categories of the large cities (In Alphabetical order)

1 NYC

2 Chicago & LA

3 Bay Area (including SJ) & DMV (Including Baltimore)

4 Atlanta, Boston, DFW, Detroit, Houston, Miami & Philadelphia

5 Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Diego & Seattle

I think it gets tough at category 5 and beyond
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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Fair enough. In my personal opinion, I wouldn't really say that it's cultural status is above the pure economic power produced by Chicago and LA, but I see where you're coming from.
That may be so, but It still has a higher per capita GDP, and you combine that with the excellent art scene, its political clout etc, it makes it for me a great number two.

I stole this info from Danny. (Thanks Danny )


Economic Output (GDP) by MSA 2010:
- Los Angeles: $708 Billion
- Chicago: $520 Billion
- Houston: $407 Billion
- Washington DC: $396 Billion
- Dallas-Fort Worth: $384 Billion
- Philadelphia: $329 Billion
- San Francisco-Oakland: $306 Billion
- Boston: $297 Billion

Source: http://www.usmayors.org/metroeconomies/0110/charts.pdf


Top 20 CSAs GMP/Per Capita Net 2008 $USD :
01. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA (CSA) $67,111
02. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA (CSA) $64,474
03. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV (CSA) $58,883
04. Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-RI-NH (CSA) $54,809
05. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX (CSA) $54,662
06. Hartford-West Hartford-Willimantic, CT (CSA) $53,204
07. Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI (CSA) $52,427
08. Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA (CSA) $52,064
09. Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO (CSA) $51,274
10. Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD (CSA) $50,534
11. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA (CSA) $50,333
12. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CSA) $49,707
13. Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI (CSA) $49,304
14. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL (CSA) $48,653
15. Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI (CSA) $48,586

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Old 12-20-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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It is tough to rank, I think there are a couple of categories of the large cities (In Alphabetical order)

1 NYC

2 Chicago & LA

3 Bay Area (including SJ) & DMV (Including Baltimore)

4 Atlanta, Boston, DFW, Detroit, Houston, Miami & Philadelphia

5 Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Diego & Seattle

I think it gets tough at category 5 and beyond
yeah, my numbers would change slightly if I went by CSA
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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That may be so, but It still has a higher per capita GDP, and you combine that with the excellent art scene, its political clout etc, it makes it for me a great number two.
I agree. As I said, my personal opinion. I can see why you have yours. It's a good one, at that, with something substantial to back it up.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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Omaha, Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Fargo, and Lincoln. These cities have held up well during the ongoing depression.
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