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Old 04-02-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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Ok, we see the debates about this city is larger/better/more urban than this one and that city is not really a large city. I figure to clear up definition of our intelligent debates, let's define city.

What is the definition of a large city? (Besides NYC, Chicago, LA what are some examples)

What is the definition of a medium city? Examples

What is the definition of a small city? Examples

I know we could probably make up large medium cities and medium small cities, etc. Just something I was thinking about. What do yall think?
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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Dallas - large

medium - Twin Cities

small - Madison WI
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Bayou City Megaplex
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1mil+ - mega: Philly, Houston, The Big Three (NY/LA/Chi)

500K to 1mil - large: San Fran, DC, Boston, Vegas

250K to 500K - medium: Sacramento, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Omaha

under 250K - small: Beaumont, Boise, Birmingham, Jackson, Reno, Akron
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:15 AM
 
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
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If you live in NZ, large - Auckland (1m) Medium - Wellington, ChCh, Hamilton & Dunedin (>100k), and the rest, well they are just large towns by US standard (city in NZ is >20k).
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I live in Little Rock and I guess you could say this is a small city with a population of 100K and change, but to me it's more like a very large small town because it lacks pretty much everything you would expect from a true city, except for high crime.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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So do you use city pop or metro pop to define a citys Size
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I think I have a different view. i grew up in a "city" of about 75,000. most people wouldn't think of this as a "city" per se, but I was only a few miles from manhattan, and the population density was nearing 40K per sq mile. so while population alone really doesn't classify it as a city, it looked, felt, and smelled (especially smelled, lol) like one, moreso than a lot of "cities" discussed here (at least in my view).

so my criteria is basically density per square mile.
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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So do you use city pop or metro pop to define a citys Size
However you chose. You could use either/or. Also, you might want to say why one classification is more important than another.
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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However you chose. You could use either/or. Also, you might want to say why one classification is more important than another.
Its all about metro area. Can you really say Oklahoma City is more of a "city" than Atlanta, Seattle, or St. Louis? Its population is larger, why not?
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Ok, we see the debates about this city is larger/better/more urban than this one and that city is not really a large city. I figure to clear up definition of our intelligent debates, let's define city.

What is the definition of a large city? (Besides NYC, Chicago, LA what are some examples)

What is the definition of a medium city? Examples

What is the definition of a small city? Examples

I know we could probably make up large medium cities and medium small cities, etc. Just something I was thinking about. What do yall think?
I live in a city of 27,600 people although I never call it that but that's what it is. It has its own schools, police, fire and utilities apart from the county.

It sits on a lot of land and has no downtown.
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