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A metroplex is a contiguous metropolitan area that has more than one principal anchor city of near equal size or importance, commonly associated with the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.[citation needed] According to the North Texas Commission (NTC), the term is a portmanteau of the terms "metropolitan" and "complex"[not in citation given] and was created by an advertising agency.[which?] The NTC trademarked the term "Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex" in 1972 as a replacement for the previously-ubiquitous "North Texas".[1] Urban areas with smaller secondary anchor cities (such as Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Phoenix) are not considered metroplexes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ North Texas Commission (2013). "History". Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.

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