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Old 07-17-2009, 11:24 AM
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Originally Posted by Thomas R. View Post
I've noticed that by "cities" most of you mean what I'd consider very big cities. However this does seem to vary from person to person.

How large a population does the metro-area need to be for "you" to consider it a city? 400,000? 800,000? 1,200,000? On the following list what would be your cut off?

Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But shouldn't a city eventually become a metro area? I think you have the idea backwards, so we need to be sure we understand this correctly. A single city grows, and the surrounding cities/towns begin growing. That's the key to a metro area. A city is only part of a metropolitan area, not the other way around.
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