Originally Posted by Nouvellecosse
^ Greater montreal is definitely the denser metro, but in all fairness, metro MTL is not over 4 mil (currently ~3.7 mil) making it smaller than metro Det. which has a metro of 4.4 mil and a CSA of over 5 mil.
I said Montreal's metro was near 4 mil, which it is.
As far as Detroit goes, only parts of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties are in that view and the total of all three doesn't exceed 4 mil. people.
IMHO, American CSAs are very generous designations including populations well outside of the suburban boundaries. CSA cannot be directly compared to Canadian metro area census figures, excepting perhaps the unofficial Golden Horseshoe core population figure of 6.5 million, extended area 8.1 mil.
I am familiar with both cities. Montreal is more compact and a more urban experience in the real meaning of the word.