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Old 10-12-2019, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I moved to Minneapolis in the '80s when its MSA population was a little under 2.5 million. Watching it grow since then it feels like something happened at around or a bit above the 3 million mark where it started to feel much more like a big city. It definitely has gone up a level in its urbanism, its amenities and its big city feel over the time I have lived here.

With that in mind I would put the threshold for major city at 3 million.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Northwest Virginia Beach
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The OMB/Census considers a city to be "major" at the 2-million mark...
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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The OMB/Census considers a city to be "major" at the 2-million mark...
New Orleans is one city that stands out as proving size is a rule of thumb for importance not a hard rule.

Due to its cultural influence I think it’s hard to deny it’s a major city.

As well as you’d struggle to find anyone who think Riverside, CA is a major city.
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:28 PM
 
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The Inland Empire of So Cal is a suburb of Los Angeles. It's not a single city but many small cities including Riverside.
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