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Table 1 : The thirty largest metropolitan areas in North America

These populations statistics are from:

1) US Census bureau population estimates for 1996.
2) Statistics Canada census survey 1996 of city populations(most recent)
3) US Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 1996
4) Statistics Canada University enrollments for 1996

Metropolitan area Population University student pop. Ratio
(% of pop.)
Montreal 3,326,510 145,798
4.38
Boston - Worcester - Lawrence 5,563,475 243,035
4.37
Denver - Boulder - Greeley 2,277,401 93,272
4.10
Minneapolis - St. Paul 2,765,116 89,687
3.24
Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News 1,540,252 47,593
3.09
Milwaukee - Racine 1,642,658 49,075
2.99
San Diego 2,655,463 75,825
2.86
Washington - Baltimore 7,164,519 199,429
2.78
Vancouver 1,831,665 50,841
2.78
Toronto 4,263,757 111,274
2.61
St. Louis 2,548,238 65,914
2.59
Pittsburgh 2,379,411 51,273
2.15
Cincinnati - Hamilton 1,920,931 41,243
2.15
New York - Northern New Jersey - Long Island 19,938,492 400,551
2.01
Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater 2,199,231 43,975
2.00
Chicago - Gary - Kenosha 8,599,774 168,402
1.96
Cleveland - Akron 2,913,430 55,313
1.90
Atlanta 3,541,230 66,307
1.87
Philadelphia - Wilmington - Atlantic City 5,973,463 109,736
1.84
Detroit - Ann Arbor - Flint 5,284,171 96,096
1.82
San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose 6,605,428 120,002
1.82
Seattle - Tacoma - Bremerton 3,320,829 56,904
1.71
Houston - Galveston - Brazoria 4,253,428 71,867
1.69
Miami - Fort Lauderdale 3,514,403 58,795
1.67
Portland - Salem 2,078,357 33,950
1.63
Sacramento - Yolo 1,632,133 24,951
1.53
Dallas - Fort Worth 4,574,561 67,276
1.47
Kansas City 1,690,343 20,735
1.23
Los Angeles - Riverside - Orange County 15,495,155 133,557
0.86
Phoenix - Mesa 2,746,703 22,136
0.81