[Talk-us] Possible method for identifying major US cities

Nathan Edgars II neroute2 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 21:43:44 BST 2010

There's been no reply to this. Will anyone object if I change the
place tags in Florida from the type of incorporation to city if and
only if it's a "principal city"?

On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:46 PM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The US Census Bureau has something called a Statistical Area:
> http://www.census.gov/population/www/metroareas/metrodef.html
> The actual areas are based on county lines (except in New England),
> but may have more than one "principal city". For example, the
> Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area has
> principal cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Largo, and
> the Albany-Lebanon, OR Micropolitan Statistical Area has principal
> cities of Albany and Lebanon. This gives us two levels of importance
> for these "principal cities" - those that are part of a Metropolitan
> Statistical Area and those that are part of a Micropolitan Statistical
> Area. (Note that a principal city can be a town or even an
> unincorporated census-designated place.) The main disadvantage I can
> find is that these are based on population, and may omit historically
> important places; for example, St. Augustine is within the
> Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, but is not a principal
> city, while the significantly more populous but much newer Palm Coast
> (to the south) has its own MSA.
> If you're interested in the topic, please take a look at
> http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/bulletins/b10-02.pdf
> (lists starting on pages 29, 64, and (for New England) 141) and see if
> it roughly matches your idea of what the major cities are in your
> area.

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