10 Cities that are surprisingly Bigger than Atlanta

Atlanta rated an “alpha –” world city that exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, research, technology, education, media, art, and entertainment.[17] It ranks 40th among world cities and 8th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $270 billion.[18] Atlanta’s economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, and information technology.[19]Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage.[20] Revitalization of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city’s demographics, politics, and culture, However with a population of Only 463,000 people It’s population is pretty small compared to other cities in the U.S. Here are some cities you might be shocked to know are bigger than Atlanta



  1. San Jose

2. Austin


3. Jacksonville

4. Columbus

5. Indianapolis

6. Fort Worth

7. Charlotte

8. Nashville


9. Albuquerque

10. Fresno

Best City Rivalries

  1. New York Vs Los Angeles

They are the two largest cities in the United States, divided by 3,000 diagonal miles of North American continent and a chasm of conflicting stereotypes. Theirs is a complex relationship.

The mere mention of their names evokes opposing images. One is vertical and cosmopolitan; the other is sprawling and casual. They are of one country but different worlds, and preference speaks volumes about the chooser. So take a side: New York or Los Angeles?

They famously fight for the affection of the entertainment business, especially in movies and music, and they increasingly argue their advantages in fashion, art, architecture and cuisine.

New Yorkers can’t imagine living anywhere less convenient, and Angelenos can’t fathom surviving an unending marathon of seasons. Residents of both cities are adamant that theirs is the best, and they’re both right — New York and L.A. are the best. It just depends which one you live in.

2. London vs Paris

3. Sydney vs Melbourne

Every city worth its art museum or revived waterfront has a rival city.
Usually they’re within easy driving distance and share the same highways, currency, soap operas, chain restaurants, hated domestic politicians, even more-despised international rivals and a hundred other things that confirm these two places actually have way more in common than they’d ever care to admit.
Every Barcelona has its Madrid. Every Dallas its Houston. Moscow its St. Petersburg. Sao Paolo its Rio.
But Australia’s two biggest cities have been relentlessly butting heads since Melbourne was founded in 1835 by exactly the sort of industrious Tasmanian pastoralists that Sydney’s founding felons couldn’t stand.
What continues to brutally divide these two cities, other than fewer than 500 miles, some beer brands, the usual sports grudges and less than two points on the latest annual “World’s Most Liveable Cities” list (Melbourne 97.5, Sydney 96.1)?
Self-proclaimed cultural capital of the known and unknown universes, Melbourne thinks Sydney is flashy and showy with little to no cultural taste. (But — not that Melbourne would ever admit it — with a pretty harbor, great beaches and warmer water.)
Sydney’s persistent inferiority complex is chalked up to a poisonous self-awareness that it’s a superficial tart, blessed with good looks, who dropped out of school early.
Melbourne is the sophisticated, wealthier sister with a MA from Oxford and innately more interesting.
Or so it claims.
As for Sydneysiders, they just think Melbourne is a constant weather anomaly with an unsophisticated mob of latte-sipping sports heads, so caught up in their own “we’re better than Sydney” pretension that it creates a reverse snobbery not worth even acknowledging.
“Deep down, you wish you were me,” feels Sydney. “Let me get back to my champagne and don’t stick your reflection in my sunglasses ever again.”
To prevent a family tragedy between these bitter sisters, the capital of Canberra was pretty much built from scratch somewhere in between. Charged with keeping things in order, the Spanx-wearing ugly sister is pretty much ignored by its cantankerous siblings.

4. Sao Paulo vs Rio de Janeiro

Let’s face it, if you had to name two Brazilian cities, the first two would be Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. One is the main touristic hub, not just of Brazil, but also of South America. The other is the economic centre of Brazil, and a magnet for business travellers.

When comparing two of Brazil’s most famous and most visited cities, there is a popular cliché that São Paulo is Brazil’s New York and Rio de Janeiro is Los Angeles. There is a degree of truth to this, especially in terms of the rivalry between the Cariocas (people from the city of Rio de Janeiro) and Paulistas (residents of São Paulo).

The stereotype goes that Cariocas are friendly, easy-going, lazy and always late (probably because they’re on the beach), while Paulistas are colder, fast-paced, workaholics and perpetually stressed. A quick look at the size and location of each city certainly explains the stereotype.

But a closer inspection reveals that it is not so straightforward. Rio is also an important business centre, while São Paulo definitely knows how to let its hair down. One thing that is for sure is that they both offer a lot for travellers visiting Brazil.

When it comes to natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro is the winner, hands down. The iconic morros (granite hills), framing the long stretches of white sandy beaches, and the world’s largest urban forest, make it a truly unique city. The Cariocas (and tourists) really make the most of the outdoors, spending lots of time on the beach, enjoying all kinds of water activities, jogging and cycle paths and hiking up the mountains. –

São Paulo, on the other hand, is a sprawling concrete jungle. It’s the largest city in South America, with 11 million inhabitants (far more if you include the metropolitan area). And it shows — with buildings as far as the eye can see.

The city has interesting architecture, with a mix of influences from European style to modern skyscrapers. A tour through downtown is a must to see some of the city’s notable architectural landmarks. Walk down Avenida Paulista, the main business centre of the city, lined with many restaurants and places of interest. To get a sense of the city, head up Edifício Itália, the second tallest building in São Paulo. From the observation deck, you’ll truly get a sense of the size of this cosmopolitan city.

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5. Toronto vs Montreal

5. Hong Kong versus Singapore

6. Shanghai versus Beijing

Alex Worker, Co-Founder of Hatchery
7.5 years in Beijing, recently moved to Shanghai
‘Shanghai feels like the China on show to the world – cosmopolitan, dense, dynamic and progressive. A growing “world” city. Beijing is the China on show to the rest of China – powerful, sprawling, ancient and modern, and where the large buildings and avenues make the individual feel very small until they step into the hutongs. The rivalry between the cities makes good practical sense – ultimately driving competition and innovation to help solve some of the key issues facing their residents and wider populous.’
Danni Zheng, Producer
8 years in Beijing, 3 years in Shanghai

‘I live in both Beijing and Shanghai – it’s kind of like going between divorced parents. You have issues with both, but you spend a lot of time defending each city to the other. When you get sick of either one, you run away to your glitzy Auntie Hong Kong for a bit.’

Morgan Short, Managing editor of SmartShanghai

7 years in Shanghai, 3 years in Beijing

‘As an important social commentator of merit and acclaim who has been privileged enough to sup the marrow and suck the blood of both the Shanghai and Beijing metropolises over the years, I’m here to report the following: They both fucking blow. It’s true. They both blow. Terrible. Absolutely terrible. SAD. Actually, not really. They’re both just so-so. What everyone always says is indeed true. Beijing has: better terrible bands; worse terrible weather; worse terrible western food; better terrible Chinese food. Compared to Shanghai. Shanghai has… you know. Whatever. It’s all exhausting. I hear Barcelona is pretty good.’

Elyse Ribbons, Entrepreneur and Media Maven

13 years in Beijing, 2 years in Shanghai

‘I’m in love with different parts of each city… Beijing to me isn’t just the architectural amazements that make up its olympic dynasty, nor is it the imperial history that makes up its core; it is the collective joy at the flourishing culture despite the horrible environment (sand storms, pollution, temperature extremes in summer and winter, and of course the traffic!). Shanghai is proud of its detached mental state, the city upon the sea that is the height of Chinese cosmopolitanism, with a strong business acumen and a delightful appreciation of fashion and the finer things in life.’

Carl Setzer, Owner and founder of Great Leap Brewing

8 years in Beijing, frequent visitor to Shanghai

‘Beijing has always felt like home to me. Even before starting Great Leap Brewing, we were planning on staying here for the long haul. It’s a place where you find both fugitives and refugees mixed in with bankers and political wonks. I’ve never been told to go back home, I’ve never felt “other”. Shanghai is a city that makes pointing out otherness an Olympic sport. I like to visit Shanghai, but Beijing tricks you into thinking it can be your home. Everyone likes an endearing confidence man.’

7. Minneapolis vs Saint Paul


8. Madrid vs Barcelona

9. Houston vs Dallas

Dallas advantages

  1. Better Air
  2. Better Sports Teams
  3. Stronger more diversified economy
  4. Longer Light rail
  5. No Natural Disasters
  6. Dallas has DFW airport one of the biggest airports in the world

Houston Advantages
1. Houston is more diverse in ethnic and religious backgrounds.
2. Houston is greener with more parks and forests.
3. Houston has access to beaches.
4. Houston has access to vacation cruiseline ships.
5. Houston is less hotter in summers (though more humid).
6, Houston is far less cold in winters.
7. Houston has more of international community.
8. Houston has a port (busiest in the US).
9. Houston has many countries consulates.
10. Houston has more restaurants and better variety of foods.
11. Houston has better museums.
12. Houston has a much better arts and entertainment scene.
13. Houston has better schools such as Rice University
14. Houston has a much better and largest world class Medical Center
15. Houston is closer to San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, and New Orleans.
16. Houston economy is strong and diverse, with more company headquarters.
17. Houston is the energy capital of the world.
18. NASA is in Houston.
19. Houston has better gardening options.
20. The tallest and 2nd tallest buildings in TX are in downtown Houston.

10. Calgary vs Edmonton

11. New York Vs Chicago

12. Los Angeles Versus San Francisco

13. Mumbai versus Delhi

14. Glasgow vs Edinburgh

15. Johannesburg versus Cape Town


Jobs with the most vacation days off

1. Reality TV Judges – 30 weeks a year  (7 months)

X factor
Strictly Come Dancing Factor judges have amazing holiday – I’m in! (Photo: PA)

The Deal : Sit through some auditions, then it’s 14 weeks’ work, 8 more for the live tour (if you go) and put your feet up until next year.

The Downside : They sometimes make you do “specials” over Christmas or for charity. Frequently required to work weekends.

Any extras? On some shows you get to go on holiday as part of your ‘judging’ – although you have to take people you don’t know very well with you.

2. MPs (and a lot of other people who work in Parliament) – 25 weeks   (5 months)

25 weeks off AND we've just voted to give ourselves a pay rise!
25 weeks off AND we’ve just voted to give ourselves a pay rise! (Photo: PA)

The Deal : Once they get back from their 6-week holiday for the election, Parliament will go on recess from July 22 to September 1 (10 weeks); then again from September 12 to October 13 (4 weeks); then again from November 11 to 17; and a break over Christmas from December 18 to January 5 (3 weeks); and then again from February 12 to 23 (2 more weeks).

The downside : Job security isn’t exactly great – and while Parliament is in “recess”, you’re frequently expected to do “Constituency work”, be at “conference” or “campaigning”.

Any extras? The pension for 5-years’ work is excellent.

3. Teachers – 13 weeks  (3 months)

Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961) founded wave mechanics, creating Schrodinger's equation
And this is the equation I use to find cheap hotels in the school holidays (Photo: Getty Images)

The Deal : A long break for summer, then shorter ones for Easter and Christmas. Plus, if that’s too stressful, extra weeks off in the middle of the main work periods.

The downside : They’re always in the school holidays, so going away is expensive

Any extras? You’re generally out of work by 5



4. Footballers – 10 weeks

Score! 10 weeks off!
Score! 10 weeks off! (Photo: Action Images / Matthew Childs)

The Deal : You’re off work from the end of May until August. This year Premier League clubs have no fixtures at all between May 24 and August 8. That’s 10 weeks free and easy .

The downside : Sometimes you’re made to play “friendlies” or for your country during your holiday. You also have to work over Christmas. Your working career is also relatively short.

Any extras? Plenty of opportunity for second jobs in advertising, merchandising and television while playing.

Richest Black people in the World

  1. Aliko Dangote   Net Worth $26 billion  residence Lagos, Nigeria

How did he make his money – Aliko, as he is fondly called by friends, was born into a wealthy trading family in the Northern Nigerian city of Kano on 10 April, 1957. Upon graduation from Al Azhar University in Egypt, where he obtained a business degree, Dangote went into full-time business after obtaining a $5,000 loan from his uncle. Through sheer tenacity, a punishing work ethic and bold decision-making, he has built one of the largest conglomerates in Africa, with over $21 billion in revenues. Dangote Cement – his conglomerate’s largest subsidiary, recorded a 2013 profit of $1.22 billion. He owns the largest sugar refinery in Africa, the third largest in the world, producing 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually. His interests also include salt, flour mills, and several agricultural products, which he exports across the continent. Additionally, he has made major investments in real estate, banking, transport, textiles, and oil and gas. In April 2014, he announced $9 billion in financing for the construction of the largest petroleum products refinery in Africa in Nigeria. In August, his company struck a $5-billion deal with US investors, Blackstone Group, for power projects across Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. Dangote also announced an investment of $1 billion in rice production and commercial rice farming, with the aim of ensuring that rice is grown, milled and distributed within Nigeria. A firm believer in investing in Africans investing in Africa, Dangote recently declared that he will pump $12 billion into the Nigerian economy.

Aliko Dangote remains one of the most generous philanthropists in the world.  Dangote, who does things in no small measure, earlier this year announced that he will hand over $1.2 billion of his fortune to his foundation. The foundation has recently teamed up with GE to promote entrepreneurship across Nigeria, in addition to its existing work in health and education.

Residence – Lagos, Nigeria


2. Shek Al Amoudi Net Worth $12 billion  Ethiopian, but lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


How did he make his money- Al Amoudi made his fortune in construction and real estate before branching out to buy oil refineries in Sweden and Morocco. He is the largest individual foreign investor in Ethiopia and a major investor in Sweden

Residence – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

3. Mike Adenuga  net worth  10 billion

How did he make his money-

Adenuga began his career relatively modestly, trading in fabrics and textiles popular with Nigerian men and women. He also distributed Coca-Cola products and secured a number of lucrative government contracts. Adenuga is often called, continues to build his empire centered around Globacom (Glo), a telecommunications company with over 25 million active subscribers in Nigeria and about 30 million subscribers across West Africa. One of the fastest-growing telecommunications companies in the world, Globacom recently completed an $800 million high-capacity fibre-optic submarine cable from the UK to Nigeria in advance of its big push into data services provision. Adenuga’s other major asset, Conoil Producing, founded in the early 1990s, was the first Nigerian indigenous oil exploration and production company to strike oil in commercial quantities. It currently produces 100,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Adenuga also owns a 74-percent stake in Conoil Plc, a petroleum marketing outfit listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which reported revenues of about $1 billion for 2013. Adenuga is also a big player in the real estate space and owns major real estate assets in Nigeria, the UK, South Africa and several European countries.

Residence – Lagos, Nigeria

4. Foluronsho Alakija  $7.3 billion

Residence – Lagos, Nigeria, and London, England

5. David L Steward net worth $7 billion

Residence – Maryland, Heights, Missouri

6. Prince Arthur Eze $ 6 billion


7. Oprah Winfrey $ 4 billion


Residence – Chicago, Illinois and Montecito, California

Oprah Winfrey, Chicago Home

8. Cletus Ibeto  3.7 billion

Residence – Lagos, Nigeria


9. Robert F Smith 3 billion

Residence – Austin, Texas

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10. Kase Lawal  $3 billion

Bilionaire oil tycoon, Dr. Kase Lawal

How did he make his money – Oil

Residence – Houston, Texas

The Most Dullest U.S Major Cities

  1. Houston

2. Indianapolis

Amid endless cornfields, fast-food chains, ignorant rednecks, and warehouses with $9 an hour jobs, you’ll find Indianapolis, the crossroads of America or America’s truck stop. A fine place to fill up your gas tank. he 3rd largest Midwest city by population (after Chicago and Detroit) and largest by land area. It is not exactly a city for urban enthuseists. It is very dull and lackluster by most standards when comparing it to either coast. No mountains, not even hills. Nothing but corn not far outside the city (typical of the Corn Belt). No water. No beaches. No oceans. No diversity. No culture. No nightlife. Forbes Magazine ranked Indy the worst American city for singles based on this sad fact. Not many opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. No sidewalks, bikepaths or greenspace. Therefore, too many people are fat and unhealthy. People are too antiquated and narrowminded to accept changing ANYTHING in the area, and that includes possibly getting lightrail, even if it is for the good of the area. No public transportation due to the exessive use of automobiles by residents. The city only has a mediocre bus-only system with few routes and no evening service. People cannot take direct routes because they have to “transfer” downtown. No mass transit or lightrail. Forget about getting it. It will never happen. The poor maintanence of roads is also a problem. Many heavily used city streets are too narrow and needed to be widened years ago. Too many potholes. As freeway congestion increases, the city has done next to NOTHING in relieving the stress. At most, one can expect added travel lanes, HOV lanes or extra freeway exits but that’s it. The city can have poor air quality created by too many polluting cars on the raod and a lack of hybrid engines by its city and school buses. No street lamps. A high number of foreclosures but not as bad as in the Sun Belt. A slumbering skyline that has gone nowhere since 1990, when the Chase Tower was completed.

Property taxes are also very high. The people are also ignorant. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has the 2nd highest number of dropouts in the country. The city is way behind in technology, but instead tax dollars are spent on useless things like new stadiums just to shown off to other cities. Go to somewhere like a Seattle school, and everyone has iPods and PDAs. Go to Indy, and the people with iPods and PDAs get theirs stolen

Indy, for some reason, calls itself a world-class city but has NOTHING to constitute one. It wont be world-class ‘till Cincinnati, Louisville and Columbus are. In fairness, Indy has come a long way in reinventing itself but needs to be much more aggressive in its efforts to be more lively. Part of the reason is that it has not marketed itself very well. Until that happens, it will forever deserve its Naptown image.

2. Charlotte

It has an astonishingly low amount of character and local culture. Its rather bland, most of it falling into the “anytown USA” mold. Charlotte is not known for anything.

3. Des Moines

A city that is also so small that it takes only 10 minutes to drive through the entire city. Des Moines is not really known worldly or throughout the country for much of anything. Probably the most boring city you’d ever visit with “skycrapers” that (the tallest) is only 400ft tall. Des Moines is a place you go to only if you have to and still you don’t want to go there.

4. Little Rock

5. Phoenix


6. Raleigh


7. Columbus

In terms of entertainment, there is nothing for young people to do around here. It’s extraordinarily boring. The city also has no culture whatsoever. There is nothing that defines the city or makes it stand out from the competition. Yes, there is a melting pot of diverse culture that lives here but they contribute nothing at all to this city. Most share the same agenda that I have, they just tolerate this place because this is where they work but they show no loyalty or contribution to the region.

How about land geography? Well, Columbus is a whole lot of nothingness. It looks like someone cleared out a farm and built a bunch of buildings on top of it. The terrain is extraordinarily flat and there are no interesting parks or natural wildlife areas. If you like nature, here is another reason to hate Columbus. The suburbs are your typical cookie cutter suburbs where there racial segregation and income disparities become apparent. Downtown Columbus is a joke and is dead after rush hour traffic has cleared. It also looks like trash in that it should belong to one of the smaller, more economically depressed Ohio cities like Dayton.

6. Bakersfield Population: 315,837


Bakersfield is one of a number of inland California cities that owe what little media scrutiny they received to the region’s devastating housing bubble. Others on the list include Stockton, Fresno and Modesto.

7. Sacramento 485,199


8. Lubbock


9. Jacksonville


10. Dallas


Most of the people in Dallas who are from Dallas are very settled. There is really no “night life”. I have been out at 11 p.m. and past and have literally been the only car on the road in Dallas. Creepy. No other cars. People go in and shut their doors and that is it.

11. Oklahoma City

12. Tucson


13. Minneapolis

14. Tulsa

15. Wichita