10 U.S. cities with economies larger than entire countries

The New York metro area has a bigger economy than Mexico. See how economies of other metros and countries compare.

Last week I reported on the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan economies according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. But buried near the bottom of that report is a fascinating table showing how the economies of U.S. metros compare with national economies.

Here are the top 10 largest metropolitan economies in the U.S. and the countries whose economies they most closely resemble (in size), but exceed. The approximate Gross Metropolitan Product and GDP are compared in parenthesis.

  1. New York City and Mexico ($1.29 trillion GMP vs. $1.15 trillion GDP)
  2. Los Angeles and Switzerland ($755 billion GMP vs $638 billion GDP)
  3. Chicago and Sweden ($547 billion GMP vs. $538 billion GDP)
  4. Washington, D.C. and Austria ($434 billion GMP vs. $418 billion GDP)
  5. Houston and South Africa ($420 billion GMP vs. $409 billion GDP)
  6. Dallas and United Arab Emirates ($401 billion GMP vs. $372 billion GDP)
  7. Philadelphia and Thailand ($353 billion GMP vs. $346 billion GDP)
  8. San Francisco and Denmark ($335 billion GMP vs. $334 billion GDP)
  9. Boston and Venezuela ($326 billion GMP vs. $318 billion GDP)
  10. Atlanta and Malaysia ($284 billion GMP vs. $279 billion GDP)

It's an impressive list. You can see the complete list of all U.S. metropolitan areas and how they compare with national GDPs in this report (page 10 of the appendix).

Photo: Flickr/ELuisCabrera

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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