Metroplex

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other uses, see Metroplex (disambiguation).

A metroplex is a contiguous metropolitan area that has more than one principal anchor city of near equal importance.

It is this "near equal" importance that makes cities such as Tokyo, Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Phoenix not metroplexes, though they do have secondary anchor cities in their metropolitan areas.

Origin of the Term[edit]

The term was coined to specifically describe the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. According to the North Texas Commission (NTC), the term originated from an ad agency's combination of the terms "metropolitan" and "complex". The NTC copyrighted[1] the term "Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex" in 1972 as a replacement for the previously-ubiquitous "North Texas", which studies had shown lacked identifiability outside the state. Since then the term has come to be more general in its description, and not only refer to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Examples[edit]

Australia[edit]

▪Gold Coast ▪NSW Hunter Region

China[edit]

Germany[edit]

Korea[edit]

Japan[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Poland[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Turkey[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the term "Metroplex" most often refers to the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Other metropolitan areas in the U.S. that may locally be called a "metroplex" are:

Multinational[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ North Texas Commission. "History". Retrieved 1 October 2013.