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Old 08-23-2016, 06:44 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, I wanted to find out how many Combined Statistical Areas contained 50% of the United States population. Some quick addition, and it comes down to the top 27 CSA's. I used CSA, because this is an arbitrary exercise.

USA estimated pop. 2016 - 324,099,053
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States

Top 27 CSA's #1.New York through #27.Las Vegas - 163,071,686 (Obviously, the 50% mark is reached about half way into the Las Vegas population)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combin...tistical_areas
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:41 PM
 
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Why not include standalone MSAs like Phoenix, which has 2x Las Vegas? You can actually get to 50%+1 with 25 CSA/MSAs.

Atlanta 6,365,108 #11
Boston 8,152,573 #6
Charlotte 2,583,956 #24
Chicago 9,923,358 #3
Cleveland 3,493,596 #16
Dallas-Fort Worth 7,504,362 #7
Denver 3,418,876 #17
Detroit 5,319,913 #12
Houston 6,855,069 #9
Los Angeles 18,679,763 #2
Miami 6,654,565 #10
Minneapolis 3,866,768 #15
New York 23,796,696 #1
Orlando 3,129,308 #19
Philadelphia 7,183,479 #8
Phoenix 4,574,531 #14
Pittsburgh 2,648,605 #23
Portland 3,110,906 #20
Sacramento 2,544,026 #25
Saint Louis 2,916,447 #22
San Diego 3,299,521 #18
San Francisco-San Jose 8,713,914 #5
Seattle 4,602,591 #13
Tampa 2,975,225 #21
Washington-Baltimore 9,625,360 #4

161,938,516 of 321,418,820 (July 1, 2015 Population): 50.4% of the U.S. population.

Within a decade, I think you'll be able to reach 50+1% with only 24 cities, even less come 2023 when I expect some CSAs to absorb major adjacent counties:
Orlando + Brevard, Ocala
Tampa + Polk, + Sarasota CSA
If Cincinnati combines with Dayton, it moves into the Top 20 as well.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:10 PM
 
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Why not include standalone MSAs like Phoenix, which has 2x Las Vegas?
Yep, didn't think of that.

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Atlanta 6,365,108 #11
Boston 8,152,573 #6
Charlotte 2,583,956 #24
Chicago 9,923,358 #3
Cleveland 3,493,596 #16
Dallas-Fort Worth 7,504,362 #7
Denver 3,418,876 #17
Detroit 5,319,913 #12
Houston 6,855,069 #9
Los Angeles 18,679,763 #2
Miami 6,654,565 #10
Minneapolis 3,866,768 #15
New York 23,796,696 #1
Orlando 3,129,308 #19
Philadelphia 7,183,479 #8
Phoenix 4,574,531 #14
Pittsburgh 2,648,605 #23
Portland 3,110,906 #20
Sacramento 2,544,026 #25
Saint Louis 2,916,447 #22
San Diego 3,299,521 #18
San Francisco-San Jose 8,713,914 #5
Seattle 4,602,591 #13
Tampa 2,975,225 #21
Washington-Baltimore 9,625,360 #4
Cool, thanks for doing that. Much more comprehensive
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:05 PM
 
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I'm actually surprised it's so low. I know it's much higher in Europe.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:57 PM
 
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I'm actually surprised it's so low. I know it's much higher in Europe.
What part? The number of population centers equaling 50%,. . .or the other half?
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:15 AM
 
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What part? The number of population centers equaling 50%,. . .or the other half?
Yes. i would have thought there was a much higher percentage living in the urban centers
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:38 AM
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Somewhere up on the Census site I ran across a stat which claimed that 80% of the US population lives in "urban" areas, as defined by csa/msa. That is certainly true in my home state of Oregon, where it is actually 85/15.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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Of course. Cities are made of people. Is this really anything but saying, "The most people are found where the most people are found?"

Most trees congregate in forests. It is known.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:13 PM
 
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Yes. i would have thought there was a much higher percentage living in the urban centers
It's because most European countries outside of Germany have primate cities. We could talk about South Korea, for which half (maybe 49% recently) live in a single metro.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:36 PM
 
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Is this really anything but saying, "The most people are found where the most people are found?"
No. It's saying that 27 specific population centers contain 50% of an entire country's population. Not very long ago, The majority of the population lived in rural areas.

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Most trees congregate in forests. It is known.
Now you're just being unnecessarily condescending. Do 50% of all tree's congregate in 27 specific areas? See the difference?
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