Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Top 25 Metropolitan Areas By Population

(According to July 1, 2004 U.S. Census Bureau statistics)

Remember, these are "metropolitan areas", not just the cities alone.

25. Cincinnati (2,058,221)
24. Portland (2,064,336)
23. Cleveland (2,137,073)
22. Denver (2,330,146)
21. Pittsburgh (2,401,575)
20. Tampa (2,587,967)
19. Baltimore (2,639,213)
18. St. Louis (2,764,054)
17. San Diego (2,931,714)
16. Minneapolis–St. Paul (3,116,206)
15. Seattle (3,166,828)
14. Phoenix (3,715,360)
13. Riverside (3,793,081)
12. San Francisco–Oakland (4,153,870)
11. Boston (4,424,649)
10. Detroit (4,493,165)
9. Atlanta (4,708,297)
8. Washington DC (5,139,549)
7. Houston (5,180,443)
6. Miami (5,361,723)
5. Dallas (5,700,256)
4. Philadelphia (5,800,614)
3. Chicago (9,391,515)
2. Los Angeles (12,925,330)
1. New York (18,709,802)


If you're trying to remember whether a metro area is in the Top 25, just think "places with NFL football franchises"...oops! Sorry, Los Angeles (and its neighbor, Riverside). Oh, I guess that's not true for Portland, either. Scratch that idea. In the final analysis, the only characteristic that probably holds true across the board is "places where it really sucks to drive."

4 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Atlanta may be #9 in terms of population ... but I think we always get ranked in the top three in terms of "places where it really sucks to drive."

4:35 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Well, I'm a lucky guy then. I sailed right through Atlanta the one time I drove there (on the way to Florida). Admittedly, it was 4 AM on a Tuesday in late January.

5:17 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

Chicago rocks on the "sucks to drive" meter best for me. Love those toll roads every two miles!

9:39 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

We're a suburban city, so most of the folks were asleep at that time. Just don't tempt Atlanta fate at 5:30–9:30 a.m. or 4:00–7:00 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Friday).

11:00 AM, July 18, 2006  

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