List from Chapter 4


Some Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSA), as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, have small central cities relative to the metropolitan area. This is especially true where there are several central cities.

Below are the ten metropolitan areas with the smallest central city as a percentage of the total metro population. The central city and its percentage are in parentheses.

1. Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC (Greenville: 5.8%)
2. Benton Harbor, MI (Benton Harbor: 6.9%)
3. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (West Palm Beach: 7.3%)
4. Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA (Harrisburg: 7.8%)
5. Naples, FL (Naples: 8.3%)
6. Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (Baltimore: 8.6%)
7. Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (Sarasota: 8.9%)
8. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Miami: 9.4%)
9. Atlanta, GA (Atlanta: 10.1%)
9. Punta Gorda, FL (Punta Gorda: 10.1%)
9. Boston-Worcester-Lawrence, MA-NH-ME-CT (Boston: 10.1%)

Source of Data: U.S. Census, 2000.

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