9  Peer Region Introduction

This chapter presents information about our region’s economy alongside information about peer regions for comparison. The definition of the Twin Cities region may differ by information availability. This chapter will use the following definitions:

Learn more about regional geographic definitions in Section D.2.

Each region is unique, so this chapter provides a variety of peer region comparisons for specific purposes. Additional data may be provided for the top 26 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States.1 Table 9.1 marks which regions are used for transit, highway, and aviation comparisons.

Table 9.1: Peer metropolitan regions
Peer Region Transit Highway Aviation
Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Charlotte, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Houston, TX
Milwaukee, WI
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO

  1. We specify 26 MSAs because the Los Angeles area metropolitan planning organization, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), includes both the Los Angeles and Riverside MSAs.↩︎