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Old 07-02-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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High taxes aren't what is hurting those cities. New York and Boston are prohibitively expensive cost-of-living wise, you could have no taxes and they would still be too expensive. Philadelphia and Saint Louis have lousy (and unfounded) reputations that will dog them for some time yet, that is only compounded by marginal economy in Saint Louis. The taxes in Memphis and Birmingham aren't much, yet those cities aren't growing at any rate either.

Or maybe Philadlephias metro is compressed at 4600 sq miles while Chicago + Dallas gobbles up nearly 11,000 sq miles of the upper midwest and Texas respectively. Its kind of tough for metro Philaldephia to grow when you have a county(Mercer County NJ) 10 miles from Philadlephia that gets included in NYC's metro(70 miles away).

I would argue that even though the city of Philadelphia may have a less than stellar reputation the metro certainly does not.5th highest metropolitan per capita income of the major metroes behind SF,Wash,Bos,NYC.

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Yeah Philadelphia's metro is kinda sandwiched. I was surprised when New York's CSA "stole" Mercer County from the Philadelphia area.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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That's our little New York!
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:14 PM
 
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These Rates vary from year to year and are estimates....BR is already arguing what it and the feds are estimating to be BR current pop. 2010 will tell a better picture.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:28 PM
 
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Or maybe Philadlephias metro is compressed at 4600 sq miles while Chicago + Dallas gobbles up nearly 11,000 sq miles of the upper midwest and Texas respectively. Its kind of tough for metro Philaldephia to grow when you have a county(Mercer County NJ) 10 miles from Philadlephia that gets included in NYC's metro(70 miles away).

I would argue that even though the city of Philadelphia may have a less than stellar reputation the metro certainly does not.5th highest metropolitan per capita income of the major metroes behind SF,Wash,Bos,NYC.
Philly metro is 5,100 square miles
Chicago metro is 7,200 square miles

Chicago has 1,300 people per square mile of metro
Philly has 1,100 people per square mile of metro

Not a huge difference. Maybe it's just that the growth areas on the outskirts of philly are being claimed by other metros (NYC)
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Houston
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it's really cool to see tyler, texas on that list. i've driven through the area once and was surprised by how developed it was.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Fairbanks AK MSA has almost 100K people? Where are the boundaries of the MSA - everything north of Anchorage?
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:01 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Fairbanks AK MSA has almost 100K people? Where are the boundaries of the MSA - everything north of Anchorage?
No, Fairbanks' metro area is primarily comprised of Fairbanks North Star Borough. I guess it's Alaska's version of countries. The Borough is about the size of New Jersey. Fairbanks, believe it or not, does actually have suburbs (including an Air Force Base and an Army fort) that account for its metro's population.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:38 PM
 
Location: O'Hare International Airport
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How is Atlanta still growing?? If the drought and foreclosure frenzy don't scare newcomers off, will anything? There lots full of new, empty homes just sitting there and people are still moving at a pretty good clip. That's insane.
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