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Old 11-01-2013, 05:42 AM
 
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I would go by what the census dictates and that is how many people within the city limits, not just the entire metro area...so if there's at least a million to 2 mil within the city limits, I think that would qualify as a big city.....
I think the issue with that is that some cities have boundaries that are fixed, while others can annex unincorporated communities or land. So, that may be the reason for using the urbanized area.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: The City
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Some of your numbers are off Phoenix's metro is roughly 4.3 million and Atlanta's metro is well over 5 million and St. Louis's metro is nearly 3 million. I like the above response. When your city has professional sports franchises then you know you've reached "Big City" status.

I believe he listed bsed on Urban Area not MSA
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I would go by what the census dictates and that is how many people within the city limits, not just the entire metro area...so if there's at least a million to 2 mil within the city limits, I think that would qualify as a big city.....
But then there are those odd balls like Atlanta with 420K people and it clearly seems much larger (and most definitely is as a metro) than just it's city limits.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:18 AM
 
Location: sumter
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Green Bay has a pro football team. Would you consider it a big city?
LOL, no but it's the exception to the rule in this case.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:23 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I would go by what the census dictates and that is how many people within the city limits, not just the entire metro area...so if there's at least a million to 2 mil within the city limits, I think that would qualify as a big city.....
Where I live in Albuquerque has 555,000 in the city which is larger than Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. Albuquerque is big for New Mexico, but its status is rather paltry for national standards as the metro hasn't even cracked 1,000,000 yet. It's just another sunbelt city that has expanded its land area and has low density suburbs within the city itself. City limits are just a very arbitrary measure of what is considered a "Big City". The OP has the right idea using urbanized area metrics.

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Old 11-01-2013, 07:26 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Boston isn't a big city, it's just pretending:

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Old 11-02-2013, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Any city with a 2 million+ metro, I would consider "big".
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I'd say any metro with over 1 million or so is a big metro in my definition.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:54 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Idk why we are using metro numbers when talking about cities. You are basically taking credit from the success of the suburbs.

I would say any city 600,000 and up in population is a big city.
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:07 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Idk why we are using metro numbers when talking about cities. You are basically taking credit from the success of the suburbs.
Not really, because the urban area population is what makes a city feel bigger. Jacksonville has more people than Boston, but the more suburbanites of Boston means it can support far more big city things and the city feel goes on past the city borders. Jacksonville has rural land within its borders.
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