It may be unsurprising to know that the location of greatest economic output is related to population density, but seeing the actual distribution is striking: the top six GDP producing cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas, and Houston — account for nearly a quarter of the US economy. Further, America's top 23 metro areas make up nearly half of its GDP.
Other interesting facts from the report include:
– Out of the 100 largest economies in the world, 36 belong to U.S. metro areas.
– New York and Los Angeles produce more than 46 of American states.
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