Visualize the economies of metropolitans – some are the size of countries

2016 Avg. GDP per Capita by MSA (1.15.2018)


  • If the greater New York area were its own country, it would be the 11th largest economy in the world at $1.4 trillion (2009 dollars) – this is roughly the size of South Korea’s economy, and larger than Russia, Spain, or Australia’s. It accounts for 6% of U.S. population and a tenth of U.S. GDP.
  • Bet you didn’t know that the small city (170,000 people) of Midland, Texas has the highest GDP per capita of all ‘metropolitan’ areas in the U.S. at $175K. Why? Booming oil & gas industry.