Characteristics of Largest 50 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

.. the total population of the largest 50 U.S. metropolitan areas as of 2014 (latest official estimates) was 174,886,265. These 50 metros account for 58.3% of the population in all 917 metropolitan areas and 54.8% of the total U.S. population. By either measure, more than half of the U.S. population resides in these 50 metros. Use tools and data resources described in this section to view and analyze these metros.

View the list of these metros by population rank in the scroll section provided below. Click on a metro link to view the Metro Situation & Outlook Report for that metro. The report provides extensive details on the geographic-demographic-economic attributes of the metro.

Use the largest_50_metros GIS project described in this section to map and explore characteristics of these metros. Create zoom-in views of metros/regions of interest. Label geography. Add other geography and data. The largest_50_metros GIS project/datasets includes all U.S. metros and has been used to develop the views in this section:
View 1 .. 50 Largest Metros Ranked on 2014 Total Population
View 2 .. All Metropolitan & Micropolitan Statistical Areas
View 3 .. Patterns of Percent Population Change 2010-2014
See details about using the largest_50_metros GIS project below in this section.

50 Largest Metros Ranked on 2014 Total Population
The following graphic shows the 50 largest metros by 2014 population rank (blue metros are the largest 10). Click graphic for larger view, more detail and legend color/data intervals (expand browser window for best view).

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

All Metropolitan & Micropolitan Statistical Areas
The following graphic shows all metropolitan statistical areas (blue) and micropolitan statistical areas (orange). Click graphic for larger view, more detail and legend color/data intervals (expand browser window for best view).

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Patterns of Percent Population Change 2010-2014
The following graphic shows the percent change in total population from 2010 to 2014 for all metros. Click graphic for larger view, more detail and legend color/data intervals (expand browser window for best view). This map illustrates the relative ease to gain insights into patterns of population change using geospatial data analytics tools.

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

50 Largest Metros Ranked on 2014 Total Population — scroll section
Click link to view Metro Situation & Outlook Report

Largest 50 Metros GIS Project/Datasets
1. Install the ProximityOne CV XE GIS
… omit this step if CV XE GIS software already installed.
… run the CV XE GIS installer
… take all defaults during installation
2. Download the Largest 50 Metros GIS project fileset
… requires ProximityOne User Group ID (join now)
… unzip Largest 50 Metros GIS project files to local folder c:\largest_metros
3. Open the large_50_metros1.gis project
… after completing the above steps, click File>Open>Dialog
… open the file named c:\largest_metros\largest_50_metros1.gis
4. Done .. the start-up view is similar to the graphic shown at the top of this section.

Weekly Data Analytics Lab Sessions
Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about using metropolitan area geography and using demographic-economic data.  Learn more about integrating these data with other geography, your data and use of data analytics that apply to your situation.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

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