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Old 04-13-2008, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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This is strictly economy not anything about culture or excitement, this includes if the city has powerful well known companies headquartered there or if they have a large presence , if the suburbs and downtown are growing, and probably the least important factor, if it has good retail and restaurant areas.


I'll say Omaha because it is one of 20 cities with 5 fortune 500 companies and its suburbs are booming and downtown is being revitalized and we have several other powerful companies
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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id have to say the twin cities. they have 16 fortune 500 companies! it has one of the highest high-tech. firms in the nation. its also the financial center for the upper midwest region. all of that leads to wealthy households, and makes it 9th wealthiest metropolitan area in the nation. heres an article, it was based in 2000, but its still good.

Population Statistics - 2000 Census - Key Facts - Income

my cousin works in minneapolis and loves it there.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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id have to say the twin cities. they have 16 fortune 500 companies! it has one of the highest high-tech. firms in the nation. its also the financial center for the upper midwest region. all of that leads to wealthy households, and makes it 9th wealthiest metropolitan area in the nation. heres an article, it was based in 2000, but its still good.

Population Statistics - 2000 Census - Key Facts - Income

my cousin works in minneapolis and loves it there.
But the twin cities metro is over 2 million which is a large metro, not a mid sized one.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Originally Fayetteville, Arkansas/ now Seattle, Washington!
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But the twin cities metro is over 2 million which is a large metro, not a mid sized one.
I think thats kind of a matter of opinion. I consider Omaha to be a small mid sized metro, leaning more toward the small size. The twin cities I consider to be a large mid sized metro, so i think both could qualify. And i second the vote for the Twin Cities.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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But the twin cities metro is over 2 million which is a large metro, not a mid sized one.

ya i know, but when you say "mid-size metro in the midwest", theres not that much more cities that you could say has a good economy besides omaha if the twin cities dont count. that narrows it dont a little too much.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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The Twin Cities are within the top 3% of the 567 metro areas in the US. It's a large metro regardless if you're talking about the Midwest or the entire country.

I would say a mid size metro would have to be smaller than 1,000,000 people.

I think Des Moines currently is one of the best off metros in the midwest. It's grown by over 13% since 2000, and the economy has been growing by leaps and bounds.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Whoever says the Twin Cities are mid-sized must be out of their minds. The Twin Cities are large in their metro areas...over 4 million I believe. How you can call that mid-sized I don't get it unless you consider a big city to have to be up to the standards of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, or Houston. Those are GIANT cities.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm going to go with Madison. Its population keeps expanding slowly but surely, tons of government jobs makes the region virtually recession-proof (though on the flipside it also limits the rate of growth) and the unemployment rate hovers anywhere from to two to four percent.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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I do think the Twin Cities is a medium-sized metro area. It sits between huge metro areas (NYC, LA, Chicago, even Philly) and small metros, like Omaha, Lansing, and Des Moines.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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Actually small MSA's only have to have a core city of 50,000 ... somewhere like Waterloo, Iowa or Peoria, Illinois... so Omaha isn't small it's definitely mid-sized. MSP is large with over 3.2 million people.
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