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Old 06-27-2017, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Portland metro (2M) doesn't seem like a big city but Seattle metro (4M) does to me so for me about 3M.

Metro populations are approximates.
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Saskatoon - Saskatchewan, Canada
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Population is an important factor, but i also consider density, commerce and services, buildings, even the quantity of pedestrians and vehicles downtown. The city must have a lot of movement and noise to feel big.
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:51 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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For me, it's all about density. San Diego for example is 1.3 million just city proper. In some neighborhoods like University Heights and Hillcrest, it feels like a large city as those areas are rather dense and at times congested. Other neighborhoods make the city feel much smaller as they are less dense and far less congested.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It's not only or even primarily about population for me. A city like Geneva which has few skyscrapers and a relatively small population has for me a "big city" feel because of its urban structure and cosmopolitan outlook and character.


Moreso than many cities that are quite a bit bigger.
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Seoul
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For me, it's all about density. San Diego for example is 1.3 million just city proper. In some neighborhoods like University Heights and Hillcrest, it feels like a large city as those areas are rather dense and at times congested. Other neighborhoods make the city feel much smaller as they are less dense and far less congested.
That is also true, a dense city will need less people to feel truly big, as opposed to a very suburbanized city. Whereas Atlanta is the same size as Boston, Boston feels like a borderline big city, whereas Atlanta doesn't feel big at all
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:18 AM
 
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It's tough to define this clearly. Cities that matured in the last 50 years have become Urban sprawls whereas older cities had true urbanization with higher densities. One city is big in square miles but the downtown core is relatively small. One city can have a vibrant downtown but a smaller footprint.
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:33 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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1 million.
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:34 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Portland metro (2M) doesn't seem like a big city but Seattle metro (4M) does to me so for me about 3M.

Metro populations are approximates.
The city's figure is for Downtown.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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Population does not have so much to do with it I think. For example Stockholm, with a metro population of 2.5 million or so feels like a "big city", much more so than Cape Town, with a metro of 3.7 million.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Paris
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I sometimes hear people talking about 200k cities as "big cities". I haven't given it much thought, though 1 million+ sounds like a good threshold generally.
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