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Old 05-25-2015, 02:19 AM
 
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For some reason I always feel these cities are bigger than what their population says.
1. San Francsico
2. Seattle
3. Boston
4. Washington DC
5. Atlanta
6. Miami
7. Minneapolis
8. New Orleans
9. Cleveland
10. Pittsburgh

I always thought these cities were smaller than what their population shows.
1. Phoenix
2. San Antonio
3. San Jose
4. Austin
5. Jacksonville
6. Columbus
7. El Paso
8. Oklahoma City
9. Indianapolis
10. Charlotte
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:55 AM
 
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It primarily has to do with how cities annex land. Comparing metropolitan area populations is typically a much better barometer of city size than the primary city's population. Atlanta and Miami are both around 500,000 people but are metro areas of 5 million+ if I remember correctly. The city of Jacksonville includes the entire county it is located in (Duval) so essentially its metro area and city population are about the same (850,000).
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Cincinnati. City population of 298,000--metro population of almost 2.2 million (Ohio's largest MSA). Very soon the Cincinnati/Dayton corridor ("CIN-DAY") will become a combined metro of nearly 3.2 million people.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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I have always felt that Birmingham felt larger than Nola from a Freeway drive through perspective but on a city street level Nola feels as large or dense as Philly.Sometimes a city may feel larger from the freeway vs street level.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: USA
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What about Bellevue, Hartford, and Des Moines? Those cities look ALOT bigger than it is. All 3 cities are under 200k and are the urban centers of a major metropolitan areas. Actually I take that back. Bellevue is a city outside its major urban center, Seattle. Hartford has roughly 120,000 residents and looks like it has at least 300,000 while Des Moines is just under 200k yet it looks like it's at least 300,000 as well. Why didn't you mentioned medium sized cities as well instead of large major cities. San Francisco only looks bigger than it is because it's similar to NYC. You can't build outwards anymore. It's a city surrounded by water. That's why it's one of the most densely populated cities in the country.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:17 AM
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I agree with the OP. Cities like Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Miami, Cleveland, etc. feel bigger than what their city population suggestions. Where as I was shocked recently to discover how big the population of places like Columbus are.

Also, I have recently discovered Orlando. Because of Disney and all the other development it gets, it feels much bigger than the 250 thousand that live in the city limits. Plus it has flight options that no other city of its size does.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Larger: Richmond, VA

Smaller: Fort Worth, TX
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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Just use Urbanized Area as your primary tool to measure how big "cities" are and it all pretty much makes sense.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:29 AM
 
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Cincinnati. City population of 298,000--metro population of almost 2.2 million (Ohio's largest MSA). Very soon the Cincinnati/Dayton corridor ("CIN-DAY") will become a combined metro of nearly 3.2 million people.
Why not just say SW Ohio?
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:43 AM
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Charlotte has almost as many people as Miami and Atlanta combined....
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