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Old 04-10-2017, 12:32 PM
Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma
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Major cities that would be major cities without its bigger counterpart (Ft Worth, St. Paul, Baltimore) don't really count as satellite cities. Neither do cities that are virtually an extension of the city's core or that function as an older/inner suburb (Arlington, Cambridge, etc).

My definition of a satellite city is one that possesses these factors:

(1) existed indepedently before it got pulled into the sphere of the bigger city.
(2) has its own sizeable core/downtown (new urbanist office parks don't count).
(3) is separated from the bigger city by miles of either rural/semi-rural land or a large decrease in the density of development (so something like Newark to NYC would probably count, though Jersey City or Hoboken wouldn't).
(4) it wouldn't be a major city in its own right (I.e., I don't think I would count Ft. Worth or San Jose, for example, even though they meet the other factors).

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Old 04-10-2017, 04:14 PM
Location: Illinois
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Ann Arbor comes to mind as a great one.

Rockford, IL, a terrible one.

Marietta, GA seems to be an example of this as well.

Murfreesboro, TN
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