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Old 06-26-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Seoul
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What feels like a big city to you?


Depends on the place, but I think a population of more than 4-6 million would make a big city. In places with a lot of suburban sprawl, like USA/Australia/Canada, it would be closer to 6 million, whereas for denser cities it would be 4 million. Boston which is at about five million feels like it could either be a Big City or not
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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A city with a metro area population of 5 million+ is going to be respectably big.

A walkable core and downtown will make it better.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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I'm not sure what would feel like a big city to me as I'm use to living in a huge densely populated city. I would suspect anywhere with a population more than 5/6 Million would feel big enough.

However it really does depend on the density, for example if the city is sprawling and made up of detached housing with a small central core I'll feel very small compared to a smaller city with a big central core with row-houses making up its suburban areas.

Its subjective and depends solely on urban development characteristics.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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what makes a city feel big in the first place? Is it how tall the buildings are, or how large of an area the urban core takes up, or perhaps a combination of the two? For instance there are cities such as St Petersburg that has a population of 5,281,579 people where most buildings have 4 floors would have a different feeling of "big" compared to a city that was dominated by taller buildings such as Singapore with a population of 5,607,300 people. So which city would you say would feel bigger, given that they have very similar population?
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:35 PM
 
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Boston doesn't feel big too me.

Dallas with a metro of 7 mil also doesn't feel big at all.
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:44 PM
 
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Any city with more than 1 million inhabitants...
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:48 PM
 
Location: In transition
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I would say 5 million plus in the metro area is a big city. If it is densely populated, then 3-4 million.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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800,000 - 1 million.

That qualifies as 'big' in my reckoning. At 2.5 - 5 million, we are getting into the definition of metropolis and over 5 million, megapolis territory. I don't consider density as a criterium in my personal definitions since I have lived in extremely high density and extremely low density cities, and feel that sheer uninterrupted population is the only important factor.

Of course my definitions are subjective, but I have lived in cities from 1 million to a metro area of 16 million, that's how I see it.

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Old 06-26-2017, 07:58 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Agreed that 1 million + feels like a big city. 5 million and we're getting into metropolis territory.
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Old 06-27-2017, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I would consider most places with more than 250 000 citizens to be a "big" city, although I'm used to dense European cities. Might be different in the states.
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