The fact that the major cities in the United States are responsible for the lion’s share of the country’s economic output isn’t surprising.
But what may be eye-opening is just how much they dominate.
In this map from cost-estimating website HowMuch.net, the pink spikes — though some of them look more like small dots — represent the gross domestic product churned out by each of the 382 metro areas as defined by the Census Bureau.
For a bigger version of the chart, click here.
To put it in a global perspective, that $320 billion GDP in the greater Atlanta area is bigger than the entire country of Denmark.
You can see by the big numbers on the coasts that the larger metro areas contribute far more to the overall economy than small cities and rural areas. In fact, the top 20 metro areas together generate more GDP than all of the other 362 combined.
Here’s the top ten in terms of output:
1. New York – $1.43 trillion
2. Los Angeles – $885 billion
3. Chicago – $569 billion
4. Dallas – $471 billion
5. Washington DC – $449 billion
6. Houston – $442 billion
7. San Francisco – $406 billion
8. Philadelphia – $381 billion
9. Boston – $372 billion
10. Atlanta – $320 billion