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U.S. Cities with the Biggest Economies

Name the American metro areas with the largest economies.
Based on metro areas (MSA), not city proper. 2018 data.
Some answers are are in the same urban area (CSA). They have been color-coded.
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Last updated: February 1, 2020
First submittedOctober 17, 2012
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GDP ($)
City
2007 bil
New York City
1207 bil
Los Angeles
771 bil
Chicago
621 bil
Dallas
612 bil
Washington D.C.
606 bil
San Francisco
584 bil
Houston
515 bil
Boston
GDP ($)
City
505 bil
Philadelphia
452 bil
Atlanta
435 bil
Seattle
403 bil
Miami
335 bil
San Jose
296 bil
Minneapolis
294 bil
Phoenix
291 bil
Detroit
GDP ($)
City
272 bil
San Diego
245 bil
Denver
219 bil
Baltimore
205 bil
Charlotte
191 bil
Portland
180 bil
St. Louis
174 bil
Austin
172 bil
Tampa
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level 62
Jul 25, 2016
It could be a big help to know the NBA
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level 46
Sep 1, 2016
I am surprised that Pittsburgh made the cut, but not Austin.
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level 67
Jul 12, 2019
Austin has a relatively small population and has to compete with San Antonio for hub status, while Pittsburgh is the only major city in Western Pennsylvania.
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level ∞
Feb 1, 2020
Austin has now replaced Pittsburgh.
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level 68
Sep 1, 2016
I'm surprised that Las Vegas isn't here.
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level 80
Sep 1, 2016
Yeah, I tried Las Vegas, Orlando, and New Orleans thinking the tourism industry may get them on the list. I also thought Nashville might make the cut with the music industry. I was wrong about all of them though, but got all the correct answers with a little guessing.
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level 47
Sep 1, 2016
According to the source, in 2014, Las Vegas had a GDP of $94 billion.
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level 54
Sep 1, 2016
Boise ? Juneau ?? Des Moines ?!
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level 80
Sep 1, 2016
hahaha...no kidding - potatoes, fish, and wheat. What else do you need!
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level 76
Jul 2, 2018
Bangor was the "lumber capital of the world". Back when 5,000 people were a big population in the US.
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level 81
May 9, 2019
I'll swap wool and bricks for lumber and wheat
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level 69
Sep 1, 2016
Surprised that Detroit and Saint Louis are still rocking
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level 51
Sep 1, 2016
Same. I guess a surprisingly large amount of economic activity can happen even in a city that has been largely abandoned
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level 47
Sep 1, 2016
Also this is the metropolitan area not just the city itself. While the city has lost 60% of its population since 1950, Metro Detroit has gained 30%
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level 78
Sep 4, 2016
In the United States, if a city is considered decaying, bankrupt and abandoned, that means it still has a bigger GDP than New Zealand or 50% of the countries in Europe.
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level 37
Sep 3, 2016
Good to see Boston so high up! I tried Tampa and New Orleans and surprised they don't beat Pittsburgh, and also quite surprised Detroit is still so high up. Good quiz!
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level 17
Sep 6, 2016
I don't live in the US but by god do you have a lot of big cities.
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level 45
Jan 1, 2018
Colorado Springs? Salt Lake City? las Vegas? Where are they? Surprised they aren't here
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level 76
Jan 4, 2018
They are in Colorado, Utah and Nevada.
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level 60
Oct 9, 2019
Indeed.
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level 60
Oct 9, 2019
Aaaaaaarrrrrgggghhh.... typed 'Pennsylvania' when I meant to type 'Philadelphia'........
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level 73
Feb 2, 2020
The link doesn't work.
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level ∞
Feb 2, 2020
Weird. It worked for me when I clicked from Google, but now it is behind a paywall. I really hate that site (statista). They get their data from other sources but won't tell you where they get it unless you pay. In any case, I removed the link. Sorry there is no listed source now.
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level 58
Feb 2, 2020
There's a lot of time in this quiz. One can easily guess all the major cities in the US with plenty of time left. I just went systematically through the country starting on the west coast then going east. Finished with 1:48 left. Maybe cut a minute from the quiz?
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level 57
Feb 2, 2020
Can you add how they are color coded?