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Old 01-17-2013, 11:55 PM
 
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These MSAs fight welll above their weight on a domestic and global scale. Often, I see them matched up against MSAs twice their size ... And win! What makes Denver, Minneapolis snd Seattle so popular? Are these top 10 overall US cities? Are there other medium-sized metros that you would include in this conversation?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Seattle is on a scale above the other 2 you mentioned.Especially by GDP and world view.
Charlotte is one you could include.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Seattle, Denver and the Twin Cities punch above their weight because they're the economic and cultural capitals of very large territories. Seattle has the Pacific Northwest. Denver has the Rocky Mountains. The Twin Cities have the upper Midwest. Aside from Seattle, none of them have any major metropolitan areas within 300 miles.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Seattle, Denver and the Twin Cities punch above their weight because they're the economic and cultural capitals of very large territories. Seattle has the Pacific Northwest. Denver has the Rocky Mountains. The Twin Cities have the upper Midwest. Aside from Seattle, none of them have any major metropolitan areas within 300 miles.
The cultural capital argument is a good one. I also think that those three cities do very well because the populations of each of those places has high educational attainment. All three of them are in the top twelve cities for percent of their residents who have college degrees.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Springfield and brookline MA
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Hartford CT is another one.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Hartford CT is another one.
How so? It's not much of a destination, downtown is a snooze, the NHL left town, and it no longer has as much clout of the insurance industry dominance that it once had.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Seattle is on a scale above the other 2 you mentioned.Especially by GDP and world view.
Charlotte is one you could include.
I agree about Charlotte. Charlotte feels like a major city for only 1.7 million. Definitely pulls above its weight.

I think it has more to do with the number of Fortune 500 companies than it does with population itself.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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I can see Charlotte for sure. I have limited experience with Hartford. Even though I lived in NYC, Hartford never really came into my sphere of influence. Pics?
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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San Diego seems to do well for its metro size of 3 million.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:23 AM
 
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You're talking about every MSA except for the top 14 (NYC, LA, Chicago, DFW, Houston, Philly, DC, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, SF, Inland Empire, Detroit and Phoenix). That's an awful lot of metros.
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