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View Poll Results: What is the minimum population a city can have to be considered a "real city"?
500,000 38 36.89%
1 million 24 23.30%
2 million 15 14.56%
3 million 4 3.88%
Other 22 21.36%
Voters: 103. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Denver
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When I think of real cities I think of the NE+Mid Atlantic and the midwest. SF Bay Area and LA are real too. Most cities in the south are so spread out that they seem to look country to me. Charlotte and Jacksonville look country except downtown. Atlanta seems real but again, only 400K something people living in 132 sq miles. Most major cites in the south are like large towns not cities. I wouldn't call Houston a city just a very large town/suburb.
Have you ever been to Charlotte or Jacksonville? You are misusing the term country for suburban.
Have you ever been to Houston? That's probably one of the stupidest sentences I've read on this forum and that's saying alot.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Well it's all relative. Columbus, Ohio is considered the big city to a lot of people in the surrounding rural counties but someone from Chicago would probably view it as a small city in comparison.

A "Real city" should have a certain level of density in its core and significant economic impact in the surrounding area.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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I have found places that have less than 2 million people in the metro to be lacking in things to do. That is also my personal threshold for where I am open to live. If the city doesn't have at least 2 million in the metro then I know I will be bored out of my mind in just a couple of months. lol.

So I am picking 2 million as my definition of real city.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I have found places that have less than 2 million people in the metro to be lacking in things to do. That is also my personal threshold for where I am open to live. If the city doesn't have at least 2 million in the metro then I know I will be bored out of my mind in just a couple of months. lol.

So I am picking 2 million as my definition of real city.
You are onto something there. I moved from a city of just under 2 million to one of 1.3 million last summer and lets just say I have developed a drinking problem due to boredom. To me, 2 million is a sweet spot because its large enough to not be bored and offer plenty of amenities but small enough to not have nightmarish commutes and still have easy access to surrounding countryside.

Smaller than 2 million is iffy but I think there are plenty that can still be considered real. I would consider Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, and Louisville real cities and they are under 2 million. There are probably a few more than fall under that category.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Population doesn't determine city status...cities come in all sizes.

One city having more people doesn't diminish another, i.e. the existence NYC doesn't make Peoria less of a city.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Anything less than 5 million people is not a real city. Disagree with me? You're a jealous small town hillbilly.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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Two million in the metro, 250K in the city limits.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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Two million in the metro, 250K in the city limits.
Seriously? So anything below those thresholds is not a city? That's kinda silly.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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I'll go with an immediate metro population of 600k within a 15 mile radius of the city center.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Seriously? So anything below those thresholds is not a city? That's kinda silly.
Wouldn't a silly concept for a thread elicit a silly response?
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