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Old 11-10-2016, 03:53 AM
 
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I rank the ChicCinBuff corridor as tier 1 top dog most powerful, hands down.
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Old 10-05-2017, 02:22 AM
 
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GDP is the powerhouse for importance.

2016 Combined Statistical Area & Largest MSAs GDP-Released Sep 20, 2017
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Old 10-05-2017, 02:28 AM
 
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Also look at this

What is your definition of "big" city?
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Considering urban area population, metro GDP, proximity to other large urban areas, government presence, military presence, transportation (airport, seaport, rail, trucking), and tourism draw (weakest factor), is this the correct current list of most important cities meaning if they were to disappear a la Independence Day movie explosion this would be the worst)? Just wondering because it is important for us to realize which cities are most important for national security reasons and also because it is interesting to compare/contrast the above factors. Ok, here's my best guess, please let me know if you disagree and why, and how you would change it:

1. New York, NY-NJ-CT
2. Washington, DC-VA-MD
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Chicago, IL-IN
5. Houston, TX
6. Dallas, TX
7. San Francisco-San Jose, CA
8. Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD
9. Atlanta, GA
10. Miami, FL
11. Boston, MA-NH-RI
12. Seattle, WA
13. Detroit, MI
14. Pheonix, AZ
15. San Diego, CA
16. Minneapolis, MN-WI
17. Baltimore, MD
18. San Antonio, TX
19. Denver, CO
20. Virginia Beach, VA
21. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
22. St. Louis, MO-IL
23. Charlotte, NC-SC
24. Pittsburgh, PA
25. Cleveland, OH
26. Portland, OR-WA
27. Las Vegas, NV
28. Orlando, FL
29. Sacramento, CA
30. Kansas City, MO-KS

These are the major cities of the USA (the Dow 30). Runner ups are Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Nashville, Tampa, and Indianapolis only.
Take away San Diego, move Twin Cities to 15. Everything beneath is obsolete I'm terms of "importance"...

However, there are various smaller cities of importance for unique reasons...
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Old 10-05-2017, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania USA
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Looking at my op, Boston and San Francisco are much more influential and should be higher up on the list.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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But what does "important" really mean?

GDP, technology, nearby military?

If this is the definition, I would rank them a little differently.

1. New York
2. Washington DC
3. Los Angeles
4. San Francisco
5. Chicago
6. Seattle
7. Philadelphia
8. Dallas
9. Houston
10. Boston

Again, based on how I would define the criteria, not on population.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania USA
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Probably a combination of those factors. Basically which are the most influential cities.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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No mention of Columbus, Ohio. It's arguably as if not more influential nationally than KC or St Louis or Cleveland. And IIRC it also has more people than them. I'd put in the top 30 somewhere
Umm, no.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania USA
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Revised list of most influential cities in the US (considering technology, GDP, education, banking, tourism, and outlook):

1. New York City
2. Los Angeles
3. Chicago
4. Washington DC
5. San Francisco
6. Dallas
7. Houston
8. Miami
9. Atlanta
10. Philadelphia
11. Boston
12. Seattle
13. Phoenix
14. Detroit
15. Minneapolis

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Old 05-22-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Revised list of most influential cities in the US (considering technology, education, banking, tourism, and outlook):

1. New York City
2. Los Angeles
3. Chicago
4. Washington DC
5. San Francisco
6. Dallas
7. Houston
8. Miami
9. Atlanta
10. Philadelphia
11. Boston
12. Seattle
13. Phoenix
14. Detroit
15. Minneapolis
Atlanta and Miami are more important than Boston and Seattle!? Yikes.

While MSA size is important, output, tourism, education are just as important. For that reason, mine would probably look like this:

1. New York City
2. Los Angeles
3. Chicago
4. Washington DC
5. San Francisco
6. Dallas
7. Boston
8. Houston
9. Seattle
10. Philadelphia

.......


Atlanta
Minneapolis
San Jose
Detroit
Miami
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