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Old 09-21-2016, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I think that person was just getting at the fact that we tend to use the terms "city" and "metro" interchangeably in many instances.
Maybe that's a Sun Belt thing? I have never lived somewhere where that is the case.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:33 PM
 
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Maybe that's a Sun Belt thing? I have never lived somewhere where that is the case.
We do that all the time on here. When we talk about most educated cities or fastest-growing cities or cities with the largest economies, we're really talking about metro areas.
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Old 09-21-2016, 03:21 PM
 
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Outside of this website, I usually use/hear "the city" to refer to metropolitan area. Just a few months ago, I was visiting Natchitoches and people would say I was from "the city" when I told them I was from "a suburb of Dallas."
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:08 PM
 
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I guess the question is, how common is it for people to refer to the primary city of their metro as "the city"? I've only known that to be true for NYC.
Well as stated it's the common definition within the Chicago area. "the city" means one thing, within the city limits of Chicago, it's extremely common and most everyone who lives here will automatically know what you're saying. My suburban friends always say this and my coworkers always refer to "the city".

Apparently it's used in San Fran as well.

Realistically I just assumed everywhere referred to the central city as "the city" to differentiate it from the suburbs, but maybe this is more just an NYC and Chicago (and San Fran) kinda thing.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I guess the question is, how common is it for people to refer to the primary city of their metro as "the city"? I've only known that to be true for NYC.
I've heard it used most places that I've visited that have one primary city in its metro area. I grew up in the St. Louis area, and "the city" referred to St. Louis proper. Additionally "the county" was in reference to St. Louis' suburbs in St. Louis County since St. Louis is an independent city.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Growing up in NJ "the city" is Manhattan.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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And it is usually just Manhattan that is "the city" not the other boroughs.
As someone who grew up in New York State, that always bugged me how only Manhattan was called "The City" as if Brooklyn and the Bronx are suburbs or something You could make a case for Staten Island since it's much less dense than the other 4 boroughs and is not connected to the subway either

As for where I currently live, in Phoenix, I consider the inner 150-200sq mi's that are in the Phoenix Union High School District to be the true city, and almost everything outside of that in the city limits is much more suburban. I just moved half a mile outside that boundary a couple weeks ago, still in the city of Phoenix, but within Glendale Union's boundaries now, and it is a bit more suburban, though on the light rail line at least
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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Here in the Twin Cities, it is "the cities" (city limits of STP or MPLS). Neither Minneapolis or St. Paul are ever referred to as "the city".
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:01 PM
 
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I always describe "the city" to people from my metro as just the city proper, while if I mention "St. Louis" to an outsider I also include the rest of the metro.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:07 PM
 
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I've heard it used most places that I've visited that have one primary city in its metro area. I grew up in the St. Louis area, and "the city" referred to St. Louis proper. Additionally "the county" was in reference to St. Louis' suburbs in St. Louis County since St. Louis is an independent city.
Interesting. I've lived in four major metros and in none of them do people say "the city" to refer to the primary city of the region.
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