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View Poll Results: Third City?
Anchorage 7 8.43%
Boise 28 33.73%
Spokane 27 32.53%
Tacoma 14 16.87%
Other 7 8.43%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-23-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Although neither is my favorite NW city, it is pretty hard to dispute that Seattle and Portland are Number 1 and 2 in the American Northwest in terms of population, cultural influence, economic influence etc. But what would be the third city. I see 4 potential candidates:

Tacoma: Pierce County is the third most populated county in NW by a long shot, more urban/dense than other 3 cities. However the other 3 are cultural and economic centers of a large region, and Tacoma in some ways is a suburb of Seattle.

Spokane: Historically the most populated in the city limits (not anymore), large educational and healthcare center, had a Worlds Fair.

Boise: Capital and largest city in Idaho, arguably strongest economy of the 4 (Anchorage has a slightly higher GDP per capita, however, and Tacoma's is difficult to determine because it is part of the Seattle MSA). Boise probably gets the most national attention.

Anchorage: Largest in population of the 4 (though smallest metro population).

Or Other?

My personal vote would be Boise (although I really want to vote for one of the WA Cities), because of the reasons I listed. I would personally rank Tacoma 4th, Spokane 5th, and Anchorage 6th.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I'd say Spokane, then Boise.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I'd say Spokane, then Boise.
^This but its a close call.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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^This but its a close call.
Ditto.

Tacoma is part of the Seattle MSA and it's hard for me to consider it separate from the rest of the Seattle Metro. Also I don't typically think of Alaska as being included in the PNW, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:11 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Ditto.

Tacoma is part of the Seattle MSA and it's hard for me to consider it separate from the rest of the Seattle Metro. Also I don't typically think of Alaska as being included in the PNW, but maybe that's just me.
Denver and LA are closer to Seattle than Juneau is - although I know Alaskans are amused by people who call Seattle "the northwest" as it is far south of them.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Denver and LA are closer to Seattle than Juneau is - although I know Alaskans are amused by people who call Seattle "the northwest" as it is far south of them.
I always thought of Denver as the southeast corner of the Northwest and the northeast corner of the Southwest. It has similarities to both regions, IMO.
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I think Tacoma should never be thought of as separate from Seattle's MSA. If we are separating those cities, then I think OP should include Bellevue to the list as it's rapidly growing with strong office and residential growth downtown.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Definitely Spokane.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Vancouver, BC
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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There you go!

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