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Old 11-13-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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I'm in Dayton, pop. c. 157,800.

IMO, the metro counts as 800k+ because the Dayton metro is a round million and Dayton-nati is 3 mil.

However, the closest 800k+ city is Detroit, which I breeze through about twice a year, and then Chicago, which I visit about the same. Columbus is 750k, which is the same as Boston city limits pop., so technically I would assume that would count as well, and being only an hour from my doorstep, I visit about once a month.
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:56 PM
 
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I guess it depends do you mean 200K city or metro.

Knoxville proper is under 200K but the metro is much larger and I don't feel the need to visit a big city all that much. I Visit Nashville (180 miles) a couple times a year because I have a friend there. I don't think it would count as 800K+ if they hadn't gone metro and annexed Davidson county.

The closest really big city is Atlanta (200 miles). I used to visit 6 flags every couple of years. I'd like to go to IKEA again but otherwise can't think of a reason to go.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: DFW Texas
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I live in Waco, TX......
Population 124,000

Nearest city over 800K.........
Dallas with 1,280,000.......about an hour and a half drive up 35E.
Next 2 big cities (not quite 800k, but close),
Fort Worth.... 703,000.....about an hour and a half up 35W
Austin....758,000......about an hour and a half down 35.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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What's the closest city you live by with a population more than 800,000? And do you ever visit that city? Also, how far do you live away from that city?

I live in Kalamazoo
Population 70,000


Me:
Chicago 3,800,000
Visit it almost every month
1hr 20mins when traffic is okay..
I grew up in a small town of 11,000 people, the nearest city was Lubbock and Amarillo,TX, both around 200,000 in population and both 1.5 hours away, we went maybe once a year,sometimes more if there was a concert or something. We just rotted away in our small town.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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I live in a very small central Michigan town, pop 450. The closest major city is about 100 miles away, DETOILET Michigan. I never go there, and wouldnt unless forced to at gunpoint. If I were to go there, that is exactly what would happen to me anyway. If I want some big city experiences I go to smaller and closer Grand Rapids which is 90 miles out. It is nicer, easier to get around and MUCH safer. (as long as you stay off Division street) Hardly anyone outside of Detroits metro area would go there, here in Michigan that place has a terrible reputation and we are ashamed of how it has tarnished our states image.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I live about two hours from Houston, Austin and San Antonio. I have never been to any of those cities in my life, except to speed past on the freeway. No, wait, I went to an Astros game in the 80s. I would move heaven and earth to avoid going to any of them ever in my life.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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There is no city in my state with that high of a population and none in the 8 bordering states, either. In fact, there are only 13 cities in the entire US with a population over 800,000.

1 New York New York 8,363,710
2 Los Angeles California 3,833,995
3 Chicago Illinois 2,853,114
4 Houston Texas 2,242,193
5 Phoenix Arizona 1,567,924
6 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,447,395
7 San Antonio Texas 1,351,305
8 Dallas Texas 1,279,910
9 San Diego California 1,279,329
10 San Jose California 948,279
11 Detroit Michigan 912,062
12 San Francisco California 808,976
13 Jacksonville Florida 807,815

Of the 13, I've been to the ones I've bolded. I wouldn't want to live in any of them although I was born in NYC and lived there the first 7 years of my life. I wouldn't consider living in any place with a population over 35,000. I don't even like visiting big cities.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Burnsville, Minnesota
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What's the closest city you live by with a population more than 800,000? And do you ever visit that city? Also, how far do you live away from that city?

I live in Kalamazoo
Population 70,000


Me:
Chicago 3,800,000
Visit it almost every month
1hr 20mins when traffic is okay..
I live in Burnsville, MN. The population is roughly 60,000. The nearest city to Burnsville with a population over 1,000,000 is Chicago. I've never been to Chicago.

Also, Chicago has 2.8 million people, not 3.8 million.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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I don't know. The population thing is a little confusing. If you're talking only city proper then let's see. I live in Oakton, VA population 34K I think. The closest city with 800K people is Philly, about 3 hours away. I haven't been since I was 2000.

Now I grew up in Columbus, GA population 186K nearest city with over 800K in the city proper is Jacksonville and I've never been there before.

At the same time if you're talking metro area. Columbus where I grew up has an area with a metro population of 300K. The closest metro area is Atlanta with 5 million people in the area about an hour and a half. Would try to go at least once a month to party.

Now I live in Oakton, VA which is a DC suburb. DC has an area of about 5 million as well. Philly is still the closest city that's bigger than DC. I've only been up here a year. I've only been out of a town a handful of times. Let's 3 times I've been down home to Columbus. Twice I went to Baltimore and once went to NYC for my birthday had a blast. But really and truly DC has everything I need so there's not a lot of need to go of town like it was back home.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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There is no city in my state with that high of a population and none in the 8 bordering states, either. In fact, there are only 13 cities in the entire US with a population over 800,000.

1 New York New York 8,363,710
2 Los Angeles California 3,833,995
3 Chicago Illinois 2,853,114
4 Houston Texas 2,242,193
5 Phoenix Arizona 1,567,924
6 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,447,395
7 San Antonio Texas 1,351,305
8 Dallas Texas 1,279,910
9 San Diego California 1,279,329
10 San Jose California 948,279
11 Detroit Michigan 912,062
12 San Francisco California 808,976
13 Jacksonville Florida 807,815

Of the 13, I've been to the ones I've bolded. I wouldn't want to live in any of them although I was born in NYC and lived there the first 7 years of my life. I wouldn't consider living in any place with a population over 35,000. I don't even like visiting big cities.
That's funny. You were born in NYC yet you hate big cities. I was born in a much smaller town and not sure if I would ever want to live in a small town not sure I even want to move back home despite being homesick. I've been to Philly, San Francisco, San Diego, LA and NYC. NYC is my fav out of the five.
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