Urban Coalition Economic Baseline:                                                                                                             

Consider the following facts:

  • About half of the U.S. population lives within one of the 48 major metropolitan urban centers in America. 

  • Eighty five percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is produced in 259 major and minor urban metropolitan areas throughout America. 

  • The United States economy makes up approximately 23% of the global output and boasts an annual economic productivity          of 17.3 trillion dollars.

  • The U.S.’s metropolitan urban centers are expected to “generate more than ten percent of global GDP growth in the next 15 years, a larger contribution than all of the large cities of other developed countries combined.”   

  • The greater New York City's metropolitan area alone contributes up to 1.5 trillion dollars of economic productivity.  

  • Baltimore’s economic productivity contributes approximately 181 billion dollars to the nations GDP.

Real GDP for the top 33 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (Millions of dollars)

Rank MSA's (2015)

     Metropolitan Statistical Areas         GDP (000,000) 2015                                  

1    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (MSA)                       1,502,705

2    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (MSA)                           930,817

3    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (MSA)                                640,656

4    Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (MSA)                        503,311

5    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (MSA)           491,042

6    Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (MSA)                                    485,683

7    San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (MSA)                               431,704

8    Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (MSA)             411,161

9    Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH (MSA)                               396,549

10   Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (MSA)                                 339,203

11   Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (MSA)                    317,986

12   Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (MSA)                                         313,654

13   Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (MSA)                      248,779

14   Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI (MSA)                                         245,607

15   San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (MSA)                                235,222

16   San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (MSA)                                                 220,573

17   Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (MSA)                                         219,968

18   Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (MSA)                                        193,172

19   Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (MSA)                                   181,419

20   Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (MSA)                            158,770

21   St. Louis, MO-IL (MSA)                                                            155,077

22   Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC (MSA)                                152,447

23   Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (MSA)                             140,637

24   Pittsburgh, PA (MSA)                                                              138,873

25   Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN (MSA)                                   134,081

26  Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (MSA)                                133,838

27  Cleveland-Elyria, OH (MSA)                                                       128,448

28  Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (MSA)                                                      127,057

29  Kansas City, MO-KS (MSA)                                                        125,618

30  Columbus, OH (MSA)                                                                124,381

31  Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (MSA)                                       121,329

32  Austin-Round Rock, TX (MSA)                                                    119,949

33  Sacramento—Roseville—Arden-Arcade, CA (MSA)                        118,822

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