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Milwaukee's Economy is About the Size of Angola's
Comparing Wisconsin's metro area economies with world countries.

The Atlantic Cities posted a map from Zara Matheson at the Martin Prosperity Institute which compared the economies of U.S. metropolitan areas to the economies of countries using data from here. The analysis found that New York City’s $1.4 trillion economy was about on par with Australia’s economy – the 12th largest in the world.

No Wisconsin cities made that map, so we made our own. No Wisconsin metro area cracked the top 100 worldwide, and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis fell just short of that honor at 101. In 2012, that economy produced a GDP of $88.7 billion – just over Angola’s $87.2 billion.

(We decided to compare the 2012 GDP’s of metropolitan areas and countries, hence some of the numerical differences.)




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