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Old 07-19-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Jacksonville, FL is pretty pathetic looking when compared to the runner up city of Miami in terms of population.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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Interesting subject. A couple of thoughts: Jacksonville is a huge city geographically. Thus, the largest city title. San Francisco has a relatively low population in the city, but it is quite small geographically. Regardless, it is still the heart of the Bay area. The above examples are reasons why I always look at the CSA, or at the least MSA of cities. Those are the true barometers.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:07 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Jacksonville is Florida's largest city (by population and area) but Miami, Tampa and maybe even Orlando can be considered more city like.
MiamiDade County has 2.4 million people, of which only a bit more than 420,000 actually live in the city limits of Miami. Miami is only about 35 square miles in land area. This makes Miami among the most densely populated cities in America. On the other hand, Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida at @800,000 people. However, it's spread among 767 square miles of land: making it one of the least densely populated large cities in America. The two cities are quite the juxtaposition.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:38 PM
 
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Jacksonville is Florida's largest city (by population and area) but Miami, Tampa and maybe even Orlando can be considered more city like.
Yeah, nothing against Jacksonville, but even though it has the highest population in Florida, it isn't close to being the cultural or economic center of Florida or the most popular or famous destination.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Norfolk, Virginia Beach

Norfolk is an urban city of 230,000
Virginia Beach is the sprawlburb next door of 450,000
This is a good example.

Part of the reason however is that you have 4 smallish cities in land area right near each other --- Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News and Hampton, which never consolidated.

Then you have Virginia Beach, which is almost the entire former Princess Anne County. So Virginia Beach certainly has a much bigger land base.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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The Washington/Baltimore is probably the most prominent example of what I am thinking of.

Technically, Baltimore is the larger city in terms of population.

However, in virtually every other aspect DC is the "bigger" city. Its population is slightly smaller, but that is only because the city is geographically smaller. DC is denser on average and its core neighborhoods are more vibrant. If DC were to annex parts of Arlington, its population would easily overtake Baltimore. Plus, DC has a far larger employment base, w/ the 3rd largest CBD in the county. DC has higher rates of transit usage, etc.

In a way it underscore how underdeveloped DC is as a residential center. It seems with all the advantages it enjoys from being the national capital it would easily have a larger population.

This will probably change in the next 10-15 years, with slight growth in DC and flat to neg growth in Baltimore. Nonetheless as of right now, Baltimore is still technically the bigger city.

Are there any other examples in the US or around the world?

Brooklyn has a population and land area considerably larger than Manhattan (New York). Yet the name of the combined city is New York, not Brooklyn or Kings.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Brooklyn has a population and land area considerably larger than Manhattan (New York). Yet the name of the combined city is New York, not Brooklyn or Kings.
Well at the time of consolidation, Manhattan (New York) had a considerably larger population.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Jacksonville is the largest city georgraphically speaking in the USA. Its land area encompasses more area than any city in the country. Fortunately with all that size their population isn't the largest in the country.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Houston is the largest city in Texas but Dallas/Fort Worth is the larger metro area and San Antonio is the bigger cultural area.
What?
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Jacksonville is the largest city georgraphically speaking in the USA. Its land area encompasses more area than any city in the country. Fortunately with all that size their population isn't the largest in the country.
Actually, Sitka, Alaska is the largest city geographically.
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