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Old 10-22-2019, 01:17 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Since metro area is determining factor in judging a city which city has a large metro area in terms of land area but a small city limits. Cities that come to mind are Boston, DC and St Louis. NYC despite being the largest in population is a mid-sized city in terms of square miles. Cites like Jacksonville, Houston and Los Angeles have a lot more land within the city but the metro areas are a lot smaller. What cities are you surprise that are so small but have big metros?
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Old 10-22-2019, 01:25 AM
 
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San Francisco, D.C., Boston and Miami.
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:38 AM
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Location: Chi > DC > Reno > SEA
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Also Hartford.

Atlanta is an odd case because it encloses a small percentage of the metro area's population, yet much of its land is low-density.
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Old 10-22-2019, 06:03 AM
 
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Orlando. The city proper doubled in size with annexation around the airport, but still is puny if you consider the somewhat ridiculous assigned metro area size of over 4000 square miles. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Or...!4d-81.3792365
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Old 10-22-2019, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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Atlanta is odd. Its land area only makes up 1.5% of the metropolitan land area, and population wise is about 7%. Georgia has some really weird and funky laws about city borders and annexation of unicorporated areas.
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Old 10-22-2019, 06:08 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Salt Lake City - City 200K, Metro 1.2 million, CSA 2.6 million
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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Buffalo is 40 square miles and Rochester is just under 36 square miles, but both have metro with over 1 million people.

Providence is another one and is only about 18 square miles, but is in a metro with over 1.6 million people. This likely takes the cake in terms of small city proper limits and metro population.
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:04 AM
 
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Buffalo is 40 square miles and Rochester is just under 36 square miles, but both have metro with over 1 million people.
Grand Rapids is 44sq mi with a metro over 1 million people.
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Miami so far seems the most extreme. Under 36 sq miles of land area in the city (20 sq miles of water) and an MSA pop of 6.2 million. Providence as mentioned above is also notable on a smaller tier.
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:18 AM
 
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I wouldn't consider anything over 100 sq/mi small, so places like Miami, SF, Boston, DC, Seattle, Baltimore, St. Louis are all prime examples.
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