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Map: the urban-rural divide of America’s economy

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This fairly amazing map has been making the rounds on Twitter today. Its creator seems to be the Reddit user atrubetskoy.

I checked the data against figures in this report from the US Conference of Mayors, which confirms that this map is pretty accurate. Here’s a list of the metro areas depicted in orange in the map above, along with their estimated metropolitan gross domestic products in 2011:

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$1287.7 billion
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$755 billion
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI
$546.8 billion
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
$433.9 billion
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
$420.4 billion
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX/dt>
$401.3 billion
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
$352.7.9 billion
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
$335.3 billion
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
$433.9 billion
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
$260.0 billion
Seattle-Tacoma, WA
$242.0 billion
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI
$208.5 billion
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
$198.8 billion
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
$194.4 billion
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
$182.8 billion
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
$175.0 billion
Baltimore, MD
$148.0 billion
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
$433.9 billion
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
$139.4 billion
St. Louis, MO-IL
$133.1 billion
Pittsburgh, PA
$118.8 billion
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC
$117.8 billion
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
$111.3 billion
Hartford, CT
$39.6 billion
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River MA-RI
$85.7 billion
New Haven-Milford, CT
$39.6 billion
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA
$30.6 billion
Worcester, MA
$30.3 billion

The total GDP for the entire nation in 2011 was $15.5 trillion. The total of these metro GDP figures adds up to a little over $7.5 trillion — which is pretty close to half of the nation’s total. I’ll give the mapmaker the benefit of the doubt and assume that I might my list above might have missed one or two suburban areas that they colored orange.

It’s worth noting that the mapmaker also left some rather large metropolitan areas in the blue part of the map. Denver, Atlanta, Cleveland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Orlando, Cincinatti and Tampa all have metro economies whose economies are worth over $100 billion.

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