Originally Posted by Allan83
No, it would not. Syracuse has a population of 150,000, so it’s quite a bit smaller than Regina. The interesting thing to note about Syracuse is that it’s been shrinking for 60 years. In 1950 it had a population of 220,000. A lot of great architecture was built during its heyday, and not a lot since, and this is why it looks the way it does.
How many times do we have to say "city populations are irrelevant for comparison due to dramatic variability in municipal regimes" on this forum?
Canadian cities tend to have larger populations than U.S. counterparts because Canadian city boundaries are over-bounded instead of under-bounded. Hamilton, for example, has an area 17 times that of Syracuse.
Hamilton city - 519k in 1,138.11 km2
Winnipeg city - 145k in 66.4 km2
When comparing Metro populations, Syracuse is clearly on the same tier as Hamilton and Winnipeg. The big difference is that Syracuse ranks as the 80th largest metro in the U.S. while it would rank as 10th in Canada... being perceived as a "big city" in a country with so few large urban areas.
Metro Winnipeg - 730k
Metro Hamilton - 721k
Metro Syracuse - 662k
Using your method, we could say something ridiculous like "Calgary is twice the size of Denver", when in reality Calgary is half a Denver.