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Old 10-16-2019, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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Wow, that's a stretch. Seattle is home to the TWO richest people in the world, both probably more famous than Warren Buffett, and I'm not claiming that makes us famous. Buffett is giving most of his money away through Gates. Their companies are tied to our brand to to a degree, but I only said #10 with that among other things. As for the zoo, I doubt more than a tiny percentage associates Omaha with zoos at all.
I appreciate your opinion. And I understand what you’re saying, but Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway convention is no joke- and it’s reach is not a stretch.. The Omaha Zoo, surprisingly is world renowned, believe that or not.. People from all over the world visit Omaha specifically for the zoo- which is the #1 tourist attraction in the state of Nebraska.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:41 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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This is a great thread, and so far, nobody has really gotten angry! I like that.

We should keep in mind this is not a popularity contest, it simply is asking the question, "what major us cities are most well known Internationally".

Sorry, but Omaha and Orlando are not "major US cities", both are under a half million in city population. Though I will admit there are attributes to both those places, especially Orlando, when you include metro population. There is no doubt Orlando is more known around the world than Omaha, thanks to one, Walt Disney.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:55 PM
 
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I appreciate your opinion. And I understand what you’re saying, but Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway convention is no joke- and it’s reach is not a stretch.. The Omaha Zoo, surprisingly is world renowned, believe that or not.. People from all over the world visit Omaha specifically for the zoo- which is the #1 tourist attraction in the state of Nebraska.
A lot of this thread is about claims like this, and arguments that we tend to over-inflate the fame of the places we know. This is a good example of the former.

I'm seeing plenty of accolades for the zoo, including more than one that put it at the very top. It's clearly highly regarded. But internationally famous? How many people know more than a few zoos? Bronx, San Diego, and their hometown zoo, even for Americans?

Google results are one clue about fame, albeit on a US-based (but international) platform.
--The San Diego Zoo has 5,540,000 hits.
--The Bronx Zoo 17,900,000.
--The Omaha Zoo and Henry Doorly Zoo put together have 717,000.
--Tulsa Zoo: 6,390,000.
--Zoo Boise: 3,690,000.

Having international visitors doesn't make something famous. People from other countries are everywhere in US cities.

The volume could be a good clue if you have stats. The 2017 Visit Omaha report has no relevant mentions of the word "international" at all.

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As for Orlando, it's closer to two or three million.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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A lot of this thread is about claims like this, and arguments that we tend to over-inflate the fame of the places we know. This is a good example of the former.
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Lol. Well, you have your opinion and I have mine. We’ll simply agree to disagree..

Thanks for at least engaging in discourse regarding my “claim”..

For what’s it’s worth, here is some interesting light reading-

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Old 10-17-2019, 06:52 AM
 
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As for Vancouver, I agree it might be (I'll say might) more famous that Seattle on average.

When my sister moved to Vancouver in 1986, I had to look it up in a world atlas. All I knew was that it was a city in western Canada somewhere with a hockey team. It could have been where Calgary is for all I knew.


I think that's generally what the rest of the world knows about most US cities.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Its New York, LA and DC and then a massive gap. DC is far better known than people think. Its one of two cities in America where the international media has permanent staff. Every time theres a news story about the President, some war America is involved in, some other major international incident...DC gets a mention. I remember as a little kid, pretty much every news story about America in the paper started with “Washington DC” right under the header.

Of course I dont know about illiterate goat herders in the far flung corners of the globe but if you consume any news media you know DC. You may not know much about it at all buy you’ve heard of it.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:18 AM
 
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Vancouver's profile is low in the US. That's why movies and shows filmed there are generally rebranded as US cities if they're going for a US audience. Maybe if they had a big-three sports team (as they once did).
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:05 AM
 
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Its New York, LA and DC and then a massive gap. DC is far better known than people think. Its one of two cities in America where the international media has permanent staff. Every time theres a news story about the President, some war America is involved in, some other major international incident...DC gets a mention. I remember as a little kid, pretty much every news story about America in the paper started with “Washington DC” right under the header.

Of course I dont know about illiterate goat herders in the far flung corners of the globe but if you consume any news media you know DC. You may not know much about it at all buy you’ve heard of it.
You literally cannot escape hearing about DC, good or bad.
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Old 10-17-2019, 12:08 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Its New York, LA and DC and then a massive gap. DC is far better known than people think. Its one of two cities in America where the international media has permanent staff. Every time theres a news story about the President, some war America is involved in, some other major international incident...DC gets a mention. I remember as a little kid, pretty much every news story about America in the paper started with “Washington DC” right under the header.

Of course I dont know about illiterate goat herders in the far flung corners of the globe but if you consume any news media you know DC. You may not know much about it at all buy you’ve heard of it.
San Francisco deserves a mention.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:39 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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My parents immigrated to the US LEGALLY from Taiwan and China in the early 1980s. Here are the cities they knew about before coming to America.

- New York
- Los Angeles
- Chicago
- Washington DC
- Boston
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- Las Vegas
- New Orleans
- Nashville
- Atlanta
- Orlando
- Miami
- Dallas
- Houston

They did not know about Baltimore, Philadelphia, Charlotte, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Portland, San Antonio, El Paso, Tampa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Columbus, Savannah, Charleston, Jacksonville, Cincinnati or Pittsburgh all of which I consider to be major cities.

Dallas was well known outside the DC because of the TV show, and unfortunately got exposure from the JFK assassination which was one of the most well known events of the 20th century. Houston was known because of NASA and coverage of the Apollo moon landings and other spaceflight. Country music and blues do have some popularity outside the United States hence Nashville and Memphis are sometimes known.
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