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A metroplex is a contiguous metropolitan area that has more than one principal anchor city of nearly equal size or importance, commonly associated with the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.[citation needed] According to Texas Monthly, the term is a portmanteau of the terms "metropolitan" and "complex"[1] and was created by local advertising agency TracyLocke.[1] The North Texas Commission trademarked the term "Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex" in 1972 as a replacement for the previously ubiquitous "North Texas".[2] 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. ^ a b Texas Monthly (2013). "Don't Call It the Metroplex".
  2. ^ North Texas Commission (2013). "History". Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.

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