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December 17, 2009

Via the always awesome fake is the new real:

The 50 biggest US metro areas in blue vs their orange states (with the metro areas chopped out), scaled by population, sorted by size.

Can you find the Bay Area? It took me a while. Sacramento, maybe if you’re from there. But you’ll never guess San Jose.

If you give up and can’t find the Bay Area: SFBay / Sactown / SJC.

Most of the metro areas are complete mysteries to me — go to FITNR and hover over the images for help.

(Apologies to Neil Freeman on the reformatting, but trying to fit into the WordPress 450px width limit. Found via The Map Scroll.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim permalink
    December 23, 2009 10:35 am

    Wait a minute, so the NYC metro area includes Long Island and half of New Jersey but the metro “Bay Area” doesn’t even include Santa Clara county?

  2. December 23, 2009 11:13 am

    Don’t forget, the NYC metro area contains part of Pennsylvania too!

    I guess Mountain View and Fremont are so boring they constitute a break the a metro area.

    There’s some difference between a Metropolitan Statistical Area (SF and SJ separate) and a Combined Statistical Area (SF and SJ together). With the CSA, the Bay Area as most of us would define it is 7.4 million, the sixth largest in the country. Take that NC!

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