It may be unsurprising to know that the location of greatest economic output is related to population density, but seeing the actual distrubution is striking: the top seven 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 US metro areas.
– New York City ranks as the 13th largest economy in the world, surpassing countries like Spain, Mexico and South Korea.
– New York and Los Angeles produce more than 46 of American states.