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Old 04-13-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: New York City
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A cosmopolitan person is literally a "citizen of the world." Thus, a cosmopolitan city would need to have a large international component. A city like Miami is cosmopolitan because it's a hub of Latin America. On the other hand, Atlanta and Denver are also large cities, but as they're not nearly as international, so they're not usually described as cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan is not a synonym for wealthy or sophisticated, although cosmopolitan people are generally also wealthy and sophisticated.

I would say the true cosmopolitan cities in the country are New York, LA, Miami and, to a lesser extent, San Francisco. A second tier list would include Houston, Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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A cosmopolitan person is literally a "citizen of the world." Thus, a cosmopolitan city would need to have a large international component. A city like Miami is cosmopolitan because it's a hub of Latin America. On the other hand, Atlanta and Denver are also large cities, but as they're not nearly as international, so they're not usually described as cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan is not a synonym for wealthy or sophisticated, although cosmopolitan people are generally also wealthy and sophisticated.

I would say the true cosmopolitan cities in the country are New York, LA, Miami and, to a lesser extent, San Francisco. A second tier list would include Houston, Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
ok me being the "devils advocate".Latin America is but one small area of the world.Atlanta has more Asians, Britons,French and Africans than Miami.More worldwide connections than Miami.More quality museums.More worldwide influence.(relatively speaking)headquarters,as much high end shopping.a higher educated populace with more highly ranked colleges and universities.,etc....So that said...why is Miami more cosmopolitan than say Atlanta?All the components are there.Just in different places.

Atlanta is not Denver.Denver does not have nearly as many international connections on any level close to Atlanta.Denver should more be compared to Minneapolis or Milwaukee.

At some point its all relative anyway because after NYC,Chicago and L.A.,Like you said their is a second tier.I generally agree ,but within that second tier,their is an order they should follow.Houston while bigger than them all in that category is weaker in some of those areas that define being cosmopolitan.The same could be said for Seattle.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Gotta rep DC. Great universities, well-educated populace, plenty of culture, plenty of diversity and international presence, lots of 'movers and shakers.' Only over here, our paparazzis care more about politicians than some burned-out has-been celeb :P

edit: If you count the metropolitan areas of these cosmopolitan cities, then DC also has VERY wealthy people. There are wealthy people in the city proper as well, but the wealth is even greater outside in the 'burbs.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Has many high-end stores and flagships, a lot of well-known fashion shows, well-known fashion institutes, you can get/find things in that city that you can't find elsewhere in the country, etc.
Its more than this. It really means diversity. Sizable populations of all ethnicities, sizable gay population, active arts community, high end shopping, fashion shows, exclusive nightlife establishments, etc.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Its more than this. It really means diversity. Sizable populations of all ethnicities, sizable gay population, active arts community, high end shopping, fashion shows, exclusive nightlife establishments, etc.

I know...I was just posting a few. I agree.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Cosmopolitan is diversity. Not just diversity in ethnicity/race/religion/sexual orientation/language, but diverse offerings in the arts/culture, neighborhoods, shopping, dining, architecture, education, festivals, etc. Cosmopolitan isn't necessarily high-end or upscale, but more worldly.

Cities like NY, LA, Chicago, SF, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston come to mind.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Burnsville, Minnesota
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A cosmopolitan city is basically a city that represents the world as a whole, so it would be diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliations, and the like.

New York City is a good representation of the world.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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A cosmopolitan city is one that makes a good Martini. Oh wait....that's a cosmo city. Never mind.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Tennessee
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A "Cosmopolitan City" is one that has alot of folks from many different cultures living in it.

You can have a city that is both metropolitan and cosmopolitan. NYC, for example.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:03 PM
 
Location: LAS, OKC
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Default Global City?

Is a Cosmopolitan City the same thing as a Global City?
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