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Old 07-14-2011, 12:39 PM
Location: The Springs
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Salt Lake City:
City: 186,440 = 16.5%
CSA: 1,130,293


Colorado Springs:
City: 414,427 = 64.2%
MSA: 645,613
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:15 PM
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It's not the population that's important, it's the people. And it's not the size of the city, it's what the city has. Boiling everything down to a statistical argument doesn't really accomplish a whole lot IMO.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:47 PM
Location: Cleveland
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I think part of it has to do with the "Coastal Big-City elitists" trying to make you feel that they are superior to you and that everything/everybody in "flyover country" that isn't X size is irrelevant. lol.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:13 PM
Location: 93,020,000 miles from the sun
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I don't know if these cities/metros were already mentioned in this thread, but here's some pretty good examples of cities with very tight city-to-metro populations:

Jacksonville, Fl: city-821,784

San Antonio, TX: city-1.33 million
metro-2.14 million

Personally, I don't think any of this matters in how great a city is and should have no bearing on one's civic pride. Many people on C-D are size queens, and even more bizarre, many like to pride themselves on how densely populated their city is. I've lived all over this country in many different cities of all shapes and sizes, and even a few really small towns. In my experience, all that matters is how comfortable you feel with where you live.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:02 PM
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Originally Posted by kidphilly View Post
I really think the Census needs to move away from county borders and to sustained census blocks for their allocation. This could still be done by commuters and could help better allocate counties with split influences ect. and be a level below the UA criteria in population density
stop stealing my ideas I have been saying that forever.

Houston metro only needs a 1/4 of the land area it has. Most people live in the edge of the counties closest to Harris. The rest of those big old counties are very sparse
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:51 PM
Location: Orlandooooooo
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Metro. For INstance. Orlando's city population is 230,000 about that amount. Small right?

But the Metro Pop is. 2,300,000 or so (Including Lake County). So I understand. I take pride in knowing Orlando is known. It's important. People don't consider tourism important but it is either way it goes. So tourism is a business and business is money, thats how I see it. Met population does a lot for a city. How do you think we got our NBA team?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:08 PM
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with city proper Nashville is larger than Boston, however is metro area is smaller than Providence RI
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:00 PM
Location: Somewhere
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Metro population is more important. For example, Miami is actually a mid-sized city, but the Metropolitan area makes it well known.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:47 PM
Location: Portland, Maine
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I love Boston, but its metro population is higher than it would be if it had not been in an area where annexation is really rare. For example it only annexed a few cities/ towns and when it proposed annexing others more recently it didn't happen because New Englanders identify very strongly with their hometown
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