Talk:Washington metropolitan area

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Merger Proposal[edit]

I propose that we merge this article with the National Capital Area article. The two are, for all practical purposes, identical. Thomasmallen 16:48, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

  • KEEP Geopgraphically they are not identical and their use is not synonymous within the three agencies (DoD, DHS, and GSA) who use them. --Daysleeper47 20:20, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Keep - for the above same reasons Tomtom9041--68.80.207.22 15:19, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

This map includes counties that really are not part of the DC Metro. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.100.182.254 (talk) 22:36, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Map Request[edit]

The existing political subdivision map is unreadable even when expanded. This page needs a better map.

I replaced the map with a new one. Kmusser (talk) 21:29, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

Why is the page called "Washington Metro Area"?[edit]

This page really should be called "Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area", to specify that it is the region around Washington DC...rather than perhaps Washington state or something else. I think I tried to move it some time ago, but someone moved it back inexplicably. Kold9 (talk) 22:09, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps someone took into account the most common use of the terms (outside of the construction provided by WP-editors) - I find the given topic-name unsurprising. Tedickey (talk) 00:45, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Demographics dispute[edit]

What exactly is disputed about the section? How can it be corrected? Kold9 (talk) 22:26, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

No source is given for the overview, the statements that it is a "magnet" for migration, etc., and appears to be purely POV, combined with selective presentation of statistics. Tedickey (talk) 00:43, 5 October 2008 (UTC)
Per WP:V policy, the threshold for inclusion is verifiability, not truth. —ADavidB 12:59, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Sure. It's not been verified - what we have instead is an interpretation, which looks like personal opinion. Tedickey (talk) 13:10, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Magnet term[edit]

The given source uses "magnet" only in conjunction with secondary metropolitan areas such as Greensboro. The point of the source is that metropolitan areas, rather than rural areas, are getting the Hispanics and Asians (nothing new about that). A factual statement for this topic would comment that Washington, as a metropolitan area, shares this characteristic with other (larger...) metropolitan areas. As expressed, the comment is POV-based, misleading. Tedickey (talk) 12:11, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Economy[edit]

Yes, the Washington Metropolitan Area ranks high in the number of high-tech jobs, but I have read some sources stating that the New York Metropolitan Area is #1 for number of high-tech jobs in the US. Mathpianist93 (talk) 22:40, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Well, there are sources and there are reliable sources. Promotional (support the advertisers who paid the salary of the columnist) articles such as one reads in the business section of a local newspaper are less reliable than those based on reports by (presumably) neutral Federal agencies. Tedickey (talk) 23:03, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Page Move?[edit]

Hi. I noticed that this page has been moved from Washington metropolitan area, but no reason was provided. The term "Washington Metropolitan Area" is very common and unambiguous. I don't know what is gained by changing the title to a term that I have never heard before. -epicAdam(talk) 13:34, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: moved back to Washington Metropolitan Area. Favonian (talk) 14:23, 12 September 2011 (UTC)


Washington, D.C. metropolitan areaWashington Metropolitan Area – This page was moved here without any discussion. I believe "Washington Metropolitan Area" is the WP:COMMON term for the area (as evidenced by the redirect) and is unambiguous as "metropolitan areas" refer only to cities, not larger political units like states. Best, epicAdam(talk) 13:41, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

I agree and thus second the motion, given the reasons above. Morgan Riley (talk) 15:53, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

  • Neutral, but there should be a comma after D.C. if the move is made. Yours sincerely, GeorgeLouis (talk) 22:40, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.


DC?[edit]

I know the infobox says 'State', but is it not a bit illogical not to have the District of Columbia included in it? I am going to add it, given that this is the sole exception to the rule. If someone feels the need to add a disclaimer or footnote that DC is not a state I have no objection, though I don't really think it necessary. Cripipper (talk) 00:18, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

As D.C. is not a state, I moved the district flag in front of the city of Washington, just below the area's states. Perhaps that will suffice. —ADavidB 06:31, 31 August 2012 (UTC)
Not really, as the issue is not the flag but the fact that the Washington Metropolitan Area is listed without mentioning it covering the District of Columbia. We can get around the problem of it not being a state by adding federal district to the heading. Cripipper (talk) 16:30, 9 October 2012 (UTC)