Metroplex

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For other uses, see Metroplex (disambiguation).

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

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".

Urban areas with smaller secondary anchor cities are not considered metroplexes, such as Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Phoenix.

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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:

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  1. ^ North Texas Commission. "History". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  2. ^ (Polish)/(English) Powierzchnia i ludność w przekroju terytorialnym w 2008Central Statistical Office in Poland

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