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Old 01-28-2013, 08:03 PM
 
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The Twin Cities are pretty much a mid-sized city (MPLS + ST PAUL = 110 Sq. Miles/670,000 people) surrounded by hundreds of suburbs.


To echo what everyone else has said, the metro has a small "urban inner ring" suburbs like Robbinsdale, Falcon Heights, St. Anthony, Columbia Heights, Richfield, and that's even pushing it.

The "jumbo suburbs" are big- Bloomington (84,000) Brooklyn Park (76,000) Plymouth (72,000) Eagan (65,000) Woodbury (63,000) Maple Grove (63,000) Coon Rapids (62,000) Eden Prairie (62,000) Burnsville (61,000). They aren't California or Texas - sized suburbs, but that eats up much of the population. Many of these suburbs are the same - but they're all different in their own way too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:16 PM
 
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Atlanta has far more suburbanization than the Twin Cities, too. Their city proper has a population of around 500,000. The metro area is over 4 million now. That means well over 3 million in the suburbs. It is only slightly less messy than the Houston sprawl. TC beats both of them and easily IMO.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:21 AM
 
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The Twin Cities are pretty much a mid-sized city (MPLS + ST PAUL = 110 Sq. Miles/670,000 people) surrounded by hundreds of suburbs.


To echo what everyone else has said, the metro has a small "urban inner ring" suburbs like Robbinsdale, Falcon Heights, St. Anthony, Columbia Heights, Richfield, and that's even pushing it.

The "jumbo suburbs" are big- Bloomington (84,000) Brooklyn Park (76,000) Plymouth (72,000) Eagan (65,000) Woodbury (63,000) Maple Grove (63,000) Coon Rapids (62,000) Eden Prairie (62,000) Burnsville (61,000). They aren't California or Texas - sized suburbs, but that eats up much of the population. Many of these suburbs are the same - but they're all different in their own way too.
Not sure if this is true, but I think I've read that of major metro areas in the US, the Twin Cities has more different municipalities than any other metro area.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:49 PM
 
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Not sure if this is true, but I think I've read that of major metro areas in the US, the Twin Cities has more different municipalities than any other metro area.
I'm sure if that's not true, it's pretty close.

I know Detroit has a lot... as does Atlanta...
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I'm sure if that's not true, it's pretty close.

I know Detroit has a lot... as does Atlanta...
Atlanta really doesn't. Most of the suburban area in the Atlanta metro is unincorporated, so areas like East Cobb, Vinings, and Mableton are just place names. There is no city.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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Atlanta really doesn't. Most of the suburban area in the Atlanta metro is unincorporated, so areas like East Cobb, Vinings, and Mableton are just place names. There is no city.
So when Newt was in the House, he was "a real Nowhere Man".
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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Not sure if this is true, but I think I've read that of major metro areas in the US, the Twin Cities has more different municipalities than any other metro area.
Not true. Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, St.Louis and Cleveland have a ton of municipalities. The largest suburb of Philly is camden at 87,000 compared to 1.5 million. The rest is just itty bitty suburbs scattered throughout PA, NJ and DE. St.Louis County alone ( the premier suburban county) has 91 municipalities. Twin cities might beat out some but its not the highest.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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Not true. Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, St.Louis and Cleveland have a ton of municipalities. The largest suburb of Philly is camden at 87,000 compared to 1.5 million. The rest is just itty bitty suburbs scattered throughout PA, NJ and DE. St.Louis County alone ( the premier suburban county) has 91 municipalities. Twin cities might beat out some but its not the highest.
Part of that is because most East Coast Cities are older, thus more dense. Satellite cities and unincorporaed villages were the first suburbs, now incorporated. I would assume that there are plenty of densly populated, small in land-area suburbs in Boston, Philly, etc.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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Part of that is because most East Coast Cities are older, thus more dense. Satellite cities and unincorporaed villages were the first suburbs, now incorporated. I would assume that there are plenty of densly populated, small in land-area suburbs in Boston, Philly, etc.
Someone said minneapolis has the largest # of municipalities in its metro in the country. I was just showing there are plenty of cities that beat minneapolis in that catogory
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