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Monday, July 11, 2011

Some Startling Data on American Cities

Commented on by Scott Sumner.

The fact that really was news to me: Cities NOT in the top 50 in population include New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Buffalo.

But they have NFL football teams! How could this be?

2 comments:

  1. Because the cities mentioned *are* in the Top 50 Metro areas:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_United_States_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas

    Sumner is using central city data, which can be misleading in a number of ways (including ability to support a pro football team). For example, as a city, San Francisco and Columbus, OH are roughly the same size, but SF MSA is almost 2.5x larger. Or Omaha is slightly larger than Minneapolis as a city, but the Twin Cities MSA is over 3.5x larger.

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  2. Gene, there aren't that many people on a football team. Even high schools can field them.

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