Originally Posted by -Harlington-
although the size of HRM may be exesive and should change hardly anyone lives in the larger parts anyway
Here's a map of HRM districts:
District 1 has about 20,000 people in it. If you removed it you would be left with about 385,000 in the HRM. That population is concentrated in an area smaller than the Moncton CMA alone
and is still larger than the combined population of SJ, Moncton, and Fredericton.
Also note that the HRM is way smaller than the combined CMAs of the NB cities. Fredericton alone has a CMA covering 4,500 square kilometres (HRM is about 5,500), for example, with its CMA population of around 85,000: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredericton
The arguments about the HRM being some kind of assortment of rural areas masquerading as a city don't hold water.