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Largest Urbanized Areas With Selected Cities and Metro Areas

November 15, 2012

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Comparisons of urbanized and metropolitan areas, in spatial extent as well as in population terms, show differences between the 25 largest urbanized areas in the country. Urbanized area extents are defined by the Census Bureau based on population density and other characteristics of the built environment. Metro areas consist of one or more whole counties, and include the counties containing the core urban area (a Census Bureau defined urbanized area), as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core. Metro areas may contain both urban and rural territory and population.

SOURCE: 2010 Census
Notes: Cities shown are those included in the urbanized area names. Population and land area for these cities reflect municipal boundaries in place at the time of the 2010 census. City boundaries may extend beyond the urbanized area. The top 25 urbanized areas included in this graphic are based on 2010 population ranking and do not include Puerto Rico.The main page for information on the Census Bureau's urban and rural classification see https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/urban-rural.html and the main page for information on the Office of Management and Budget's metro and micro areas areas is available at https://www.census.gov/population/metro/.

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