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Old 07-08-2009, 04:54 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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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
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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100,000, but that would be a small city too.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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The metro area can be 903430948 billion. It needs certain things such as density, specific layout, amenities, and architecture to be considered a city for me.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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You need at least 1 million residents in your metro for starters, but then you also need things like a professional sports franchise, an international airport, a few universities, and some notable architecture. Salt Lake City is where I would draw the line.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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Tuscon and Rochester have those things with the exception of professional sports franchises.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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1 million in the urbanized area.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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Small city metro population-100,000-250,000
Medium city metro population-250,000-1 million
Big city metro population-1 million-3 million
Really big city metro population-anything over 3 million
Thats my take on it.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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Originally Posted by CTownNative View Post
Small city metro population-100,000-250,000
Medium city metro population-250,000-1 million
Big city metro population-1 million-3 million
Really big city metro population-anything over 3 million
Thats my take on it.
I have to agree with CTownNative.

Not every city will have a professional sports team, just due to the number of teams each sport is limited to. Population density differs for all cities/metros, so that's hard to pin down as well.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Small city metro population-100,000-250,000
Medium city metro population-250,000-1 million
Big city metro population-1 million-3 million
Really big city metro population-anything over 3 million
Thats my take on it.

Agreed
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Small city metro population-100,000-250,000
Medium city metro population-250,000-1 million
Big city metro population-1 million-3 million
Really big city metro population-anything over 3 million
Thats my take on it.
I think I like your definition better than my previous attempt, but I would make a few slight changes.

Small city metro population: 250,000-1 million (Albuquerque, Asheville, Madison)
Medium city metro population: 1 million-5 million (Minneapolis, Portland, Nashville)
Big city metro population: 5 million-10 million (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas)
Super city metro population: anything over 10 million (Chicago, LA, NYC)

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