Previously looked at a visual comparing US states to other countries. This visual compares metropolitan areas to countries.
If U.S. Cities Were Countries, How Would They Rank?
A few tidbits from the article:
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana has a GDP comparable to Netherlands, which makes it sized same as the 18th largest economy in the world
- Chicago metro area’s GDP is slightly larger than Switzerland, or about the size of the 21st largest economy.
- New York metro area and Canada, which would put NY similar to the 13th largest country.
If they were countries, U.S. metros would represent 37 of the world’s largest economies, as I noted in an earlier post
The author’s earlier post has some hard stats.
(Hat tip Instapundit)
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Very interesting post. It makes you realize how America’s wealth and power is concentrated in metropolitan areas. It also reminds us of just how immense the US truly is.