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Old 02-26-2013, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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What are some large or mid-sized cities you almost never hear about? I'll start off by naming three:

- Jacksonville, Florida: The rest of Florida seems to be a tourist destination or place where people move, but Jacksonville - Florida's largest city - does not register any attention.

- Bakersfield, California: Same thing with California. You hear about San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, even inland cities like Palm Springs and Sacramento. But you NEVER hear about Bakersfield, despite it being quite large.

- Fresno, California: See Bakersfield
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Depends where you live. When I lived in New Jersey I never heard anything about Columbus, Dayton, Cinnci, Cleveland, Akron etc. Now that I live in Ohio I hear about all those cities constantly and most people aren't familair with Newark, Trenton, Bridgeport, the boroughs outside of Manhattan etc. I'm guessing that if I I lived in San Antonio I would hear a lot about Austin and Houston and parts of northern Mexico.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Columbus, OH (apart from OSU stuff)
Jacksonville, FL
Hampton Roads, VA
Richmond, VA
Hartford, CT
Providence, RI
Birmingham, AL
Inland Empire, CA (unsurprisingly)
Rochester, NY

^All over 1,000,000 metros^

Some smaller ones would be...

Greenville, SC
Cape Coral/Fort Myers, FL
Lakeland/Winter Haven, FL
Little Rock, AR
Wichita, KS
McAllen, TX
Harrisburg, PA
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:53 PM
 
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Indiana's second largest city, Fort Wayne!
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:59 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Omaha!
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:22 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Bakersfield is NOT a big cities there are many much larger cities are are not really mentioned. Jacksonville is mentioned a lot because of the NFL.

My list would include
- San Jose
- Albuquerque and Santa Fe
- El Paso
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Richmond (always only mentioned in terms of history)
- Savannah (not heard about much aside from as a tourist destination)
- Virginia Beach (largest city in Virginia though military bases are sometimes mentioned)
- Raleigh
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Oklahoma City (though it unfortunately made the news in 1995)
- Tulsa
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Charleston, West Virginia
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:26 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Roanoke, Virginia
Greensboro, North Carolina
Winston-Salem, NC
Knoxville, TN

Fargo, ND - I didn't know of its existence until the movie came out

I think most citie that are know and constantly heard of on a nationwide basis usually were important in terms of historic events, have a famous landmark/tourist attractions, have pro sports teams (esp a good team that even non-fans would know about), or have something famous about their food or culture.

On the flip side I think the SMALLEST cities that are widely known are Green Bay and Key West.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Indiana's second largest city, Fort Wayne!
couldnt disagree with you there.
Its more or less heard around regionally.
But nationally? Indianapolis is what showcases our state. Super Bowl 46 is just an example of that. along with the Indy 500. NCAA Final Fours/Big Ten championships/Indianapolis Colts etc etc.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:06 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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Richmond, VA and Columbia SC.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:28 AM
 
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I thought people knew about Raleigh because of the Research Triangle.
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