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In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. These are referred to as "Metropolitan Statistical Areas" (MSAs).

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The following is a list of the 25 most populated metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, according to the 2000 Census:

Rank Metropolitan Area States/Territories Population Other names*
1 New York--Northern New Jersey--Long Island NY--NJ--CT 18,323,002 Tri-state Area, New York area, Greater New York
2 Los Angeles--Long Beach--Santa Ana CA 12,365,627 The Southland, Southern California (The latter also refers to the entire southern portion of the state)
3 Chicago--Naperville__Joliet IL--IN--WI 9,098,316 Chicagoland, Greater Chicago, Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (the latter refers to the eastern part extended until South Bend, Indiana)
4 Philadelphia--Camden--Wilmington PA--NJ--DE--MD 5,687,147 The Delaware Valley, Tri_state Area
5 Dallas--Fort Worth__Arlington TX 5,161,634 The Metroplex, DFW
6 Miami--Fort Lauderdale__Miami Beach FL 5,007,564 South Florida metropolitan area
7 Washington--Arlington__Alexandria DC--VA__MD--WV 4,796,183 Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area (now defunct)
8 Houston--Baytown__Sugar Land TX 4,715,407 Houston Metropolitan Area
9 Detroit--Warren__Livonia MI 4,452,557 Metro Detroit, Southeast Michigan, Southeastern Lower Michigan**
10 Boston--Cambridge--Quincy MA--NH 4,391,344 Greater Boston
11 Atlanta--Sandy Springs__Marietta GA 4,247,981 Atlanta Metropolitan Area
12 San Francisco--Oakland--Fremont CA 4,123,740 The Bay Area***
13 Riverside--San Bernardino--Ontario CA 3,254,821 Inland Empire
14 Phoenix--Mesa__Scottsdale AZ 3,251,876 The Valley of the Sun
15 Seattle--Tacoma__Bellevue WA 3,043,878 Greater Puget Sound
16 Minneapolis--St. Paul--Bloomington MN--WI 2,968,806 The Twin Cities
17 San Diego--Carlsbad--San Marcos CA 2,813,833  
18 St. Louis MO--IL 2,698,687 Greater St. Louis
19 San Juan--Caguas--Guaynabo PR 2,579,248  
20 Baltimore--Towson MD 2,552,994  
21 Pittsburgh PA 2,431,087  
22 Tampa--St. Petersburg__Clearwater FL 2,395,997 Tampa Bay Area
23 Denver--Aurora CO 2,196,028  
24 Cleveland--Elyria__Mentor OH 2,148,143 Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio
25 Cincinnati--Middletown OH--KY--IN 2,009,632  

* Not necessarily equivalent to the Census definition of the metropolitan area.
** This is the metropolitan area of Detroit within US borders. A larger metropolitan area containing the Windsor, Ontario area is used internationally.
*** The Bay Area is a much larger area than the OMB's rather limited MSA, corresponding more closely to the San Jose - San Francisco - Oakland Combined Statistical Area

For a complete list, see List of United States metropolitan statistical areas by population.

See also

External links

  • U.S. Census 2000 Metropolitan Area Rankings (http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/phc-t3.html)
  • U.S. Census Metropolitan Area Estimates (1990s) (http://eire.census.gov/popest/archives/1990.php)
  • U.S. Census Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Definitions (http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metrodef.html)

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