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Old 11-17-2009, 08:28 AM
Location: Colorado
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I currently live in Rockford, Illinois (city population ~160,000; MSA population ~350,000).

The nearest city with >800,000 is Chicago (who's MSA is ~10,000,000 and is adjacent to Rockford's MSA). Because of the proximity I go to Chicagoland quite often (at least once a week); however, I haven't been to "the city" proper since August.


Where I grew up was the Sandusky, Ohio area (lived in a semi-rural, semi-exurban township with <1,000). The Sandusky-Norwalk-Port Clinton area has >125,000 people and functions as a (destination) region, but is unique in the fact that the Census Bureau divides the area into different MSAs.

Sandusky/Erie County is it's own MSA; Norwalk/Huron County is a (micropolitan) uSA; and Port Clinton/Ottawa County is considered part of the Toledo MSA. To add to the confusion, a couple of cities are located in more than one county and as such, some of the area towns are also considered part of other MSAs (Cleveland MSA, Mansfield MSA). Pretty confusing; and I would think most locals would agree.

Anyway, the nearest "big city / metro" is Cleveland (less than an hour drive; about 55 miles); but for the sake of this topic, Detroit has >800,000 (but I've never been to Detroit proper, and have only been to their airport twice). I believe Detroit is about 115 miles away; emerging Columbus is about 100 miles away.

Ok. I'm done.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:56 AM
Location: SW Michigan
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I live in South Bend Indiana (pop. +-110,000)

Chicago is two hours west of me.

I go probably three or four times a year. I go to Indianapolis more.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:05 AM
Location: Houston
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Well right now I live in Houston which is about 2.3 million but I used to live in Burnet, TX which is about three hours from Dallas (1.3 million) and two hours from San Antonio (1.2 million). I was also and hour from Austin which is about 750,000 people and an 3 hours from Fort Worth which is about 700,000 people. I also used to live in Lake Jackson, TX which was about an hour outside of Houston.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:25 PM
Location: USA
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Live in Shreveport. Have lived there most of my life. Nearest big city is Dallas, next would be Houston.

I occasionally go to both places for shopping, entertainment (i.e. sports), concerts. Like having them nearby (Dallas 3 hrs, Houston 5 hrs.). But I can visit and get my "big city fill" and not live there. I prefer a place even smaller than Shreveport-Bossier which can even grate on my nerves at times
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:28 PM
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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Clinton, MS around 24,000

>800,000 Metro areas
Memphis around 1.2 mil - 3 hours maybe twice a year
New Orleans around 1.1 mil - 3 hours maybe twice a year
Birmingham around 1.1 mil - 4 hours maybe four times a year

These population figures are all estimates so they could be wrong
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