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hobsini2:
I know this subject has been beaten to death with dead cats but instead of talking about which control cities need to be used on specific highways, let's take a different approach for Interstate, US Highway and major State Highway control cities. Let's talk about the worthiness and acceptability of a city as a control within a state and neighboring states. Here's what I mean. If you open up a road atlas to a random state map, there are certainly going to be some cities that stand out more than others largely because of the size in population and/or area. I think a tiered approach could work on a state basis. I try to avoid using suburbs unless they make sense.

So with that being said, here's how I would tier control cities in the Lower 48 States and DC:
Alabama
Tier 1: Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile
Tier 2: Tuscaloosa, Auburn
Tier 3: Dothan, Decatur, Florence
Tier 4: Gadsden, Anniston, Selma, Talladega, Opp, Greenville, Enterprise, Eufaula, Scottsboro, Ft Payne, Hamilton, Demopolis, Troy, Cullman, Clanton
Outside cities: Pensacola FL, Tallahassee FL, Columbus GA, Atlanta GA, Chattanooga TN, Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Tupelo MS, Jackson MS, Meridian MS, Gulfport/Biloxi MS, New Orleans LA

Arizona
Tier 1: Phoenix, Tucson
Tier 2: Flagstaff, Yuma, Nogales, Tempe, Mesa
Tier 3: Kingman, Prescott, Lake Havasu City, Casa Grande, Scottsdale, Glendale
Tier 4: Page, Show Low, Holbrook, Douglas, Wickenburg, Quartzsite, Payson, Sedona, Globe, Sierra Vista, Surprise, Goodyear, Chandler
Outside cities: Las Cruces NM, Albuquerque NM, El Paso TX, Moab UT, Salt Lake City UT, St George UT, Las Vegas NV, Laughlin NV, Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA

Arkansas
Tier 1: Little Rock, Fayetteville
Tier 2: Ft Smith, Texarkana, Jonesboro
Tier 3: Hot Springs, Conway, North Little Rock, Bentonville, Pine Bluff
Tier 4: Searcy, Blytheville, Mountain Home, Helena-West Helena, West Memphis, Harrison, Mena, El Dorado, Camden, Arkadelphia, Hope, Russellville, Forrest City
Outside cities: Memphis TN, St Louis MO, Springfield MO, Kansas City MO, Tulsa OK, Oklahoma City OK, Dallas TX, Houston TX, Shreveport LA, Monroe LA, Jackson MS, Greenville MS

California
Tier 1: Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose
Tier 2: Oakland, Anaheim, Fresno, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, Long Beach
Tier 3: Modesto, Riverside, San Bernardino, Stockton, Redding, South lake Tahoe, Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Modesto, Lancaster
Tier 4: Oceanside, Escondido, Barstow, Merced, Chico, Red Bluff, Santa Rosa, Eureka, Yreka, Yuba City, Bishop, Salinas, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, El Centro, Blythe, Santa Monica, Irvine, Temecula, Santa Ana
Outside cities: Tijuana MX, Mexicali MX, Yuma AZ, Phoenix AZ, Flagstaff AZ, Las Vegas NV, Reno, NV, Portland OR, Eugene OR

Colorado
Tier 1: Denver, Colorado Springs
Tier 2: Boulder, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Ft Collins
Tier 3: Aurora, Greeley, Estes Park, Aspen
Tier 4: Durango, Vail, Montrose, Eagle, Steamboat Springs, Ft Morgan, Sterling, Trinidad, La Junta, Lamar, Limon, Burlington, Alamosa, Walsenburg, Rifle
Outside cities: Topeka KS, Dodge City KS, Omaha NE, North Platte NE, Cheyenne WY, Laramie WY, Salt lake City UT, Moab UT, Las Vegas NV, Albuquerque NM, Santa Fe NM

Connecticut
Tier 1: Hartford, Bridgeport
Tier 2: New Haven, Waterbury, Danbury
Tier 3: New London, Norwich, Stamford
Tier 4: Torrington, Willimantic, Storrs, Meriden
Outside cities: New York NY, Newburgh NY, Albany NY, Springfield MA, Worcester MA, Boston MA, Providence RI

Delaware
Tier 1: Dover
Tier 2: Wilmington
Tier 3: Newark
Tier 4: Lewes, Milford, Georgetown, Smyrna
Outside cities: Cape May NJ, Atlantic City NJ, New York NY, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Annapolis MD, Salisbury MD, Norfolk VA

Florida
Tier 1: Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Miami, Tampa, Orlando
Tier 2: St Petersburg, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Key West
Tier 3: Pensacola, Ft Myers, Ocala, St Augustine, Titusville/Cape Canaveral, Panama City, Lakeland, Sarasota
Tier 4: Melbourne, Homestead, Naples, Port Charlotte, Ft Walton Beach, Key Largo, Port St Lucie, Clewiston, Winter Haven, Perry, Lake City
Outside cities: Savannah GA, Macon GA, Atlanta GA, Mobile AL, Dothan AL

Georgia
Tier 1: Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta,
Tier 2: Columbus, Macon, Athens
Tier 3: Rome, Valdosta, Albany, Dalton, Brunswick
Tier 4: Dublin, LaGrange, Gainesville, Toccoa, Statesboro, Bainbridge, Tifton, Waycross, Cordele, McRae, Hinesville
Outside cities: Jacksonville FL, Miami FL, Tallahassee FL, Tampa FL, Dothan AL, Montgomery AL, Birmingham AL, Chattanooga TN, Nashville TN, Charlotte NC, Columbia SC, Charleston SC, Greenville SC

Idaho
Tier 1: Boise
Tier 2: Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Couer d'Alene
Tier 3: Twin Falls, Lewiston, Nampa
Tier 4: Kellogg, Bonners Ferry, Grangeville, McCall, Burley, Rexburg, Mountain Home, Salmon, Hailey, Soda Springs
Outside cities: Salt Lake City UT, Jackson Hole WY, Butte MT, Missoula MT, Cranbrook BC, Spokane WA, Seattle WA, Portland OR, Reno NV, Las Vegas NV

Illinois
Tier 1: Chicago, Springfield, Rockford, Peoria
Tier 2: Aurora/Naperville, Moline/Rock Island, Joliet, Champaign/Urbana, Bloomington/Normal, Decatur
Tier 3: Elgin, Waukegan, Quincy, Kankakee, Danville, Jacksonville, DeKalb, Carbondale
Tier 4: Effingham, Galesburg, Macomb, Monmouth, La Salle/Peru, Dixon, Freeport, Galena, Lincoln, Rochelle, Mattoon, Mt Vernon, Vandalia, Harrisburg, Marion
Outside cities: Indianapolis IN, Evansville IN, South Bend IN, Detroit MI, Milwaukee WI, Madison WI, Dubuque IA, Des Moines IA, St Louis MO, Paducah KY, Louisville KY, Nashville TN, Memphis TN

Indiana
Tier 1: Indianapolis, Ft Wayne, Evansville
Tier 2: Hammond/Gary, Bloomington, South Bend, Lafayette, Terre Haute
Tier 3: Muncie, Kokomo, New Albany, Vincennes
Tier 4: Elkhart, Anderson, Richmond, Marion, Crawfordsville, Plymouth, Angola, Michigan City, Columbus, Rushville, Greensburg, Seymour, Madison, Washington
Outside cities: Louisville KY, Lexington KY, Owensboro KY, Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Cincinnati OH, Dayton OH, Toledo OH, Columbus OH, Detroit Mi, Lansing MI, Chicago IL, Champaign IL, Peoria IL, St Louis MO

Iowa
Tier 1: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport/Bettendorf
Tier 2: Iowa City, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Waterloo, Dubuque
Tier 3: Ames, Mason City, Marshalltown, Burlington, Keokuk, Ottumwa,
Tier 4: Ft Dodge, Clarinda, Osceola, Atlantic, Dennison, Orange City, Storm Lake, Mt Pleasant, Muscatine, Clinton, Decorah, DeWitt
Outside cities: Chicago IL, Peoria IL, Madison WI, Minneapolis MN, Sioux Falls SD, Omaha NE, Kansas City MO, Columbia MO, St Louis MO

Kansas
Tier 1: Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City
Tier 2: Salina, Manhattan, Lawrence, Overland Park
Tier 3: Hays, Dodge City, Garden City, Liberal, Hutchinson, Olathe, Emporia, Pittsburg, Newton, McPherson
Tier 4:Goodland, Colby, Oakley, Great Bend, Pratt, Ft Scott, Chanute, Independence, Concordia, Ottawa
Outside cities: Denver CO, Pueblo CO, Amarillo TX, Oklahoma City OK, Tulsa OK, Joplin MO, Springfield MO, Kansas City MO, St Louis MO, St Joseph MO, Omaha NE, Lincoln NE, North Platte NE

Kentucky
Tier 1: Louisville, Lexington
Tier 2: Frankfort, Paducah, Owensboro
Tier 3: Bowling Green, Covington, Hopkinsville, Henderson, London, Richmond, Ashland
Tier 4: Elizabethtown, Fulton, Eddyville, Mayfield, Russellville, Glasgow, Somerset, Pikeville, Mt Sterling, Maysville, Hazard, Berea
Outside cities: Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Knoxville TN, Kingsport TN, Roanoke VA, Charleston WV, Cincinnati OH, Columbus OH, Indianapolis IN, Evansville IN, St Louis MO

Louisiana
Tier 1: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport
Tier 2: Lafayette, Monroe, Lake Charles
Tier 3: Houma, Alexandria, Slidell, Hammond,
Tier 4: Covington, Morgan City, Tallulah, Mansfield, Winnfield, Opelousas, DeRidder, Natchitoches,
Outside cities: Biloxi/Gulfport MS, Meridian MS, Jackson MS, Vicksburg MS, Little Rock AR, Texarkana AR-TX, Dallas TX, Houston TX

Maine
Tier 1: Portland, Bangor
Tier 2: Augusta, Lewiston/Auburn
Tier 3: Bar Harbor, Houlton, Waterville, Brunswick
Tier 4: Ellsworth, Rockland, Norway, Caribou, Presque Isle, Ft Kent, Millinocket, Belfast, Farmington, Dover-Foxcroft, Calais
Outside cities: Boston MA, Portsmouth NH, Concord NH, Fredericton NB, Quebec City QU, Montreal QU

Maryland
Tier 1: Baltimore
Tier 2: Annapolis, Hagerstown, Frederick, Salisbury, Columbia
Tier 3: Cumberland, Ocean City, Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, Rockville, Aberdeen
Tier 4: Hancock, Cambridge, Waldorf, Westminster, Eaton, Lexington Park, Towson
Outside cities: Washington DC, Richmond VA, Norfolk VA, Roanoke VA, Charleston WV, Morgantown WV, Pittsburgh PA, Harrisburg PA, Philadelphia PA, Wilmington DE, Dover DE, New York NY

Massachusetts
Tier 1: Boston, Springfield
Tier 2: Worcester, Lowell, New Bedford, Lawrence
Tier 3: Hyannis, Fitchburg, Plymouth, Salem, Cape Cod, Fall River, Taunton, Foxborough
Tier 4: Greenfield, Pittsfield, Amherst, North Adams, Amesbury, Gloucester
Outside cities: Providence RI, Hartford CT, New York NY, Albany NY, Burlington VT, Concord NH, Portland ME, Montreal QU

Michigan
Tier 1: Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids
Tier 2: Flint, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Sault Ste Marie, Benton Harbor/St Joseph, Port Huron, Pontiac, Muskegon
Tier 3: Saginaw, Marquette, Escanaba, Mackinaw City, Traverse City, Holland, Bay City, Jackson, Battle Creek, Mt Pleasant
Tier 4: Menominee, Iron Mountain, Houghton, Ironwood, St Ignace, Grayling, Alpena, Petoskey, Ludington, Marshall, Monroe, Niles, Cadillac
Outside cities: Toledo OH, Indianapolis IN, Ft Wayne IN, Chicago IL, Green Bay WI, Duluth MN, Toronto ON, London ON, Buffalo NY

Minnesota
Tier 1: Minneapolis/St Paul, Duluth, Rochester
Tier 2: St Cloud, Bloomington, Mankato
Tier 3: Albert Lea, Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Alexandria, Willmar, Worthington, Winona, Fergus Falls, Marshall
Tier 4: Thief River Falls, International Falls, Virginia, Detroit Lakes, Owatonna, Fairmont, Austin, Red Wing, Hinckley
Outside cities: Chicago IL, Madison WI, Green Bay WI, Thunder Bay ON, Winnipeg MB, Grand Forks ND, Fargo ND, Sioux Falls, Des Moines IA, Cedar Rapids IA

Mississippi
Tier 1: Jackson
Tier 2: Biloxi/Gulfport, Meridian, Vicksburg, Hattiesburg, Tupelo
Tier 3: Pascagoula, Columbus, Natchez, Starkville, Laurel, Greenville, Oxford, Corinth, Southaven
Tier 4: Grenada, Winona, McComb, Brookhaven, Waynesburg, Batesville, Greenwood, Tunica, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Yazoo City, Holly Springs
Outside cities: New Orleans LA, Baton Rouge LA, Shreveport LA, Little Rock AR, Memphis TN, Nashville TN, Birmingham AL, Mobile AL

Missouri
Tier 1: Kansas City, St Louis
Tier 2: Columbia, Jefferson City, Springfield, Joplin, St Joseph
Tier 3: Cape Girardeau, Independence, Kirksville, Branson, Wentzville, Hannibal, Rolla, Chesterfield, Festus, St Charles
Tier 4: Sikeston, Hayti, Poplar Bluff, Osage Beach, West Plains, Lebanon, Sedalia, Bowling Green, Moberly, Macon, Chillicothe, Nevada, Maryville, Cameron, Harrisonville, Clinton, Rock Port
Outside cities: Chicago IL, Springfield IL, Louisville KY, Memphis TN, Little Rock AR, Fayetteville AR, Oklahoma City OK, Tulsa OK, Wichita KS, Omaha NE, Des Moines IA, Cedar Rapids IA

Montana
Tier 1: Billings
Tier 2: Helena, Great Falls, Missoula
Tier 3: Butte, Bozeman, Kalispell, Livingston, Miles City
Tier 4: Shelby, Dillon, Deer Lodge, Hamilton, Browning, Libby, Lewistown, Havre, Glasgow, Malta, Culbertson, Sidney, Glendive, Broadus
Outside cities: Denver CO, Casper WY, Salt Lake City UT, Pocatello ID, Coeur d'Alene ID, Seattle WA, Cranbrook BC, Calgary AB, Lethbridge AB, Saskatoon SK, Bismarck ND, Williston ND

Nebraska
Tier 1: Omaha, Lincoln
Tier 2: North Platte, Kearney, Scottsbluff, Grand island
Tier 3: Lexington, Hastings, Columbus, Norfolk, Beatrice, O'Neill, Fremont
Tier 4: Ogallala, Sidney, Chadron, Valentine, McCook, Broken Bow, Nebraska City, Fairbury, Falls City
Outside cities: Denver CO, Wichita KS, Topeka KS, Kansas City MO, Des Moines IA, Sioux City IA, Sioux Falls SD, Rapid City SD, Cheyenne WY, Casper WY, Billings MT

Nevada
Tier 1: Las Vegas
Tier 2: Reno, Carson City
Tier 3: Laughlin, Elko, Henderson, Boulder City, Pahrump
Tier 4: Hawthorne, Tonopah, Mesquite, Ely, Fallon, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, West Wendover, Minden, Lake Tahoe
Outside cities: Los Angeles CA, Sacramento CA, Boise ID, Salt Lake City UT, St George UT, Phoenix AZ

New Hampshire
Tier 1: Concord, Manchester
Tier 2: Nashua, Portsmouth
Tier 3: Hampton, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Littleton, Rochester
Tier 4: Claremont, Milford, Dover, Franklin, Berlin, Plymouth
Outside cities: Boston MA, Portland ME, Montreal QU, Burlington VT

New Jersey
Tier 1: Newark
Tier 2: Trenton, Atlantic City, Patterson, Camden
Tier 3: New Brunswick, Vineland, Cape May, Toms River, Princeton, Lakewood, Red Bank, Jersey City
Tier 4: Somerville, Newton, Ft Lee, Pennsville, Bridgeton
Outside cities: New York NY, Albany NY, Allentown PA, Philadelphia PA, Cleveland OH, Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE

New Mexico
Tier 1: Albuquerque, Santa Fe
Tier 2: Las Cruces, Roswell
Tier 3: Lordsburg, Alamogordo, Clovis, Gallup, Farmington, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Tucumcari, Artesia
Tier 4: Deming, Silver City, Truth or Consequences, Socorro, Raton, Las Vegas, Clayton, Springer, Taos, Santa Rosa, Bloomfield, Shiprock
Outside cities: El Paso TX, Lubbock TX, Amarillo TX, Denver CO, Salt Lake City UT, Phoenix AZ, Tucson AZ, Los Angeles CA

New York
Tier 1: New York, Buffalo, Albany, Rochester
Tier 2:  Syracuse, Binghamton, Niagara Falls, Schenectady
Tier 3: Utica, Riverhead, Hampton Bays, White Plains, Middletown, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Ithaca, Watertown, Elmira, Troy, Jamestown, Oswego, Rome, Kingston, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs
Tier 4: Oneonta, Cooperstown, Hudson, Lake Placid, Plattsburgh, Massena, Malone, Champlain, Johnstown, Islip, Cortland, Olean, Corning, Dunkirk, Lockport
Outside cities: Newark NJ, Philadelphia PA, Scranton PA, Erie PA, Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland OH, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montreal QU, Boston MA, Hartford CT, New Haven CT

North Carolina
Tier 1: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem
Tier 2: Durham, Asheville, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Hickory, Gastonia, Rocky Mount
Tier 3: Waynesville, Hendersonville, Salisbury, Morganton, Kannapolis, Rockingham, Asheboro, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Greenville, Jacksonville, Goldsboro, Wilson
Tier 4: Murphy, Franklin, Statesville, Boone, Mt Airy, Sanford, Lumberton, New Bern, Whiteville, Elizabeth City, Roanoke Rapids, Henderson, Kill Devil Hills, Williamston, Morehead City
Outside cities: Richmond VA, Roanoke VA, Norfolk VA, Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Atlanta GA, Greenville SC, Columbia SC, Charleston SC

North Dakota
Tier 1: Fargo, Bismarck
Tier 2: Grand Forks, Minot, Williston
Tier 3: Dickinson, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Mandan
Tier 4: Bowman, Beulah, Valley City, Pembina, Rugby, Grafton
Outside cities: Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Billings MT, Rapid City SD, Sioux falls SD, Minneapolis MN


Ohio
Tier 1: Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati
Tier 2: Toledo, Dayton, Youngstown, Akron
Tier 3: Lima, Sandusky, Canton/Massillon, Troy, Findlay, Springfield, Warren, Mansfield, Steubenville, Elyria, Mentor, Newark, Zanesville, Portsmouth, Middletown, Lancaster
Tier 4: Bowling Green, Van Wert, Defiance, Upper Sandusky, Marion, Delaware, Bellefontaine, Marysville, Wooster, New Philadelphia, Salem, Ashtabula, Cambridge, Xenia, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Ironton, Athens, Jackson, Marietta
Outside cities: New York NY, Buffalo NY, Pittsburgh PA, Erie PA, Charleston WV, Wheeling WV, Huntington WV, Lexington KY, Louisville KY, Indianapolis IN, Ft Wayne IN, Chicago IL, Detroit MI

Oklahoma
Tier 1: Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Tier 2: Norman, Lawton, Muskogee, Edmond
Tier 3: Enid, Stillwater, Ponca City, Bartlesville, McAlester, Ardmore, Shawnee, Guthrie
Tier 4: Boise City, Elk City, Sayre, Altus, Clinton, Weatherford, Woodward, Hugo, Chickasha, Ada, Durant, Sallisaw, Vinita, Poteau, Miami, Idabel
Outside cities: Amarillo TX, Wichita Falls TX, Dallas TX, Little Rock AR, St Louis MO, Kansas City MO, Wichita KS

Oregon
Tier 1: Portland
Tier 2: Eugene, Salem, Bend, Klamath Falls
Tier 3: Corvallis, Medford, Redmond, Coos Bay, Brookings, The Dalles, Pendleton
Tier 4: Grants Pass, Roseburg, Astoria, Florence, Lincoln City, Newport, Madras, Hood River, Lakeview, Ontario, Baker City, LaGrande, Hermiston, Burns
Outside cities: Sacramento CA, Reno NV, Boise ID, Spokane WA, Seattle WA

Pennsylvania
Tier 1: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown
Tier 2: Erie, Harrisburg, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, State College, Reading
Tier 3: Williamsport, Altoona, Washington PA, Uniontown, Greensburg, Beaver Falls, Johnstown, Gettysburg, York, Hazleton, Stroudsburg, Lancaster, Hershey
Tier 4: Sharon, Franklin, Meadville, Warren, DuBois, Clarion, Clearfield, Indiana, Bedford, Breezewood, Chambersburg, Milton, Pottstown, Lewistown, Chester, Norristown
Outside cities: Cleveland OH, Columbus OH, Akron OH, Wheeling WV, Morgantown WV, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Roanoke VA, Wilmington DE, Atlantic City NJ, Trenton NJ, Newark NJ, New York NY, Binghamton NY, Buffalo NY, Hartford CT

Rhode Island
Tier 1: Providence
Tier 2: Jamestown
Tier 3: Woonsocket, Warwick
Tier 4:Westerly, Kingston, Bristol
Outside cities: Boston MA, Fall River MA, Worcester MA, Hartford CT, New York NY

South Carolina
Tier 1: Columbia, Charleston
Tier 2: Greenville, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island
Tier 3: Florence, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Anderson, Orangeburg, Summerville
Tier 4: Clemson, Chester, Newberry, Clinton, Greenwood, Barnwell, Walterboro, Georgetown, Bennettsville, Lancaster
Outside cities: Savannah GA, Augusta GA, Atlanta GA, Asheville NC, Charlotte NC, Fayetteville NC

South Dakota
Tier 1: Sioux Falls, Rapid City
Tier 2: Pierre, Aberdeen
Tier 3: Sturgis, Deadwood, Mitchell, Yankton, Vermillion, Huron, Watertown, Brookings
Tier 4: Custer City, Hot Springs, Mobridge, Belle Fourche, Redfield, Sisseton, Winner
Outside cities: Minneapolis MN, Sioux City IA, Omaha NE, Gillette WY, Billings MT, Bismarck ND, Fargo ND

Tennessee
Tier 1: Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga
Tier 2: Clarksville, Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol
Tier 3: Jackson, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Hendersonville, Morristown, Cleveland, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Elizabethton
Tier 4: Dyersburg, Union City, Covington, Savannah, Pulaski, Dickson, Fayetteville, Springfield, Lebanon, Cookeville, Manchester, Tullahoma, Winchester, Crossville, Dayton, LaFollette, Newport, Greenville
Outside cities: Little Rock AR, St Louis MO, Indianapolis IN, Louisville KY, Lexington KY, Roanoke VA, Asheville NC, Atlanta GA, Birmingham AL, Huntsville AL, Jackson MS

Texas
Tier 1: Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso
Tier 2: Lubbock, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Midland/Odessa, McAllen/Pharr
Tier 3: Waco, Wichita Falls, Denton, Killeen, Beaumont, Abilene, Galveston, Tyler, Bryan/College Station, Brownsville, Harlingen, Victoria, San Angelo, Sherman, Paris, Texarkana, Cleburne, Greenville, Huntsville, Longview, Marshall, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Weslaco, New Braunfels, San Marcos
Tier 4: Port Arthur, Kingsville, Lake Jackson, Plainview, Canyon, Dalhart, Dumas, Perryton, Pampa, Childress, Ft Stockton, Big Spring, Lamesa, Brownfield, Snyder, Sweetwater, Muleshoe, Carthage, Pecos, Presidio, Alpine, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Uvalde, Bowie, Decatur, Gainesville, Vernon, Mineral Wells, Weatherford, Brownwood, Brady, Lampasas, Georgetown, Hillsboro, Conroe, Cleveland, Mt Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Alice, Rio Grande City, Seguin, Columbus, McKinney
Outside cities: New Orleans LA, Shreveport LA, Little Rock AR, Tulsa OK, Oklahoma City OK, Denver CO, Albuquerque NM, Tucson AZ, Phoenix AZ, Monterrey MX

Utah
Tier 1: Salt Lake City
Tier 2: Provo, Ogden, St George
Tier 3: Logan, Brigham City, Cedar City, Moab, Nephi, Park City
Tier 4: Tremonton, Beaver, Richfield, Green River, Fillmore, Kanab, Price, Blanding, Vernal, Duchesne
Outside cities: Phoenix AZ, Las Vegas NV, Reno NV, Portland OR, Boise ID, Pocatello ID, Cheyenne WY, Denver CO, Albuquerque NM

Vermont
Tier 1: Burlington
Tier 2: Montpelier/Barre
Tier 3: Rutland, Brattleboro, St Johnsbury, St Albans
Tier 4: White River Jct, Bennington, Middlebury, Newport
Outside cities: Montreal QU, Quebec City QU, Concord NH, Boston MA, Springfield MA, Albany NY

Virginia
Tier 1: Richmond, Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News (Hampton Roads), Roanoke, Arlington
Tier 2: Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Petersburg, Williamsburg, Blacksburg
Tier 3: Fredericksburg, Danville, Martinsville, Bristol, Harrisonburg, Suffolk, Winchester, Front Royal, Leesburg
Tier 4: Lexington, Covington, Bluefield, Big Stone Gap, Richlands, Wytheville, Pulaski, Galax, Staunton, South Boston, Exmore, Farmville, Emporia, South Hill, Warsaw, Culpeper, Sterling
Outside cities: Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Annapolis MD, Philadelphia PA, Harrisburg PA, Dover DE, Charleston WV, Knoxville TN, Winston-Salem NC, Charlotte NC, Raleigh NC

Washington
Tier 1: Seattle, Spokane
Tier 2: Tacoma, Olympia, Richland/Kennewick, Everett
Tier 3: Bellingham, Longview, Vancouver WA, Yakima, Bremerton, Bellevue, Mt Vernon, Walla Walla, Pullman, Wenatchee
Tier 4: Blaine, Aberdeen, Port Angeles, Moses Lake, Sunnyside, Kettle Falls, Grand Coulee, Ritzville, Clarkston, Othello, Ellensburg, Omak
Outside cities: Portland OR, Boise ID, Missoula MT, Vancouver BC

Washington DC
Outside cities: Richmond VA, Arlington VA, Front Royal VA, Annapolis MD, Baltimore MD, Frederick MD, New York NY

West Virginia
Tier 1: Charleston
Tier 2: Huntington, Wheeling, Morgantown
Tier 3: Beckley, Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Weirton, Fairmont, Martinsburg
Tier 4: Chester, Harpers Ferry, Weston, Charles Town, Keyser, Elkins, Bluefield, Summersville, Welch, Williamson, Madison, Lewisburg, Ripley
Outside cities: Lexington KY, Cincinnati OH, Columbus OH, Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, Harrisburg PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Richmond VA, Roanoke VA, Charlotte NC

Wisconsin
Tier 1: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay
Tier 2: Janesville/Beloit, Appleton, Oshkosh, Racine/Kenosha, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Waukesha
Tier 3: Wausau, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Dells, Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Superior
Tier 4: Portage, Tomah, Lake Geneva, Hudson, Menomonie, Marinette, Rhinelander, Sturgeon Bay, Shawano, Prairie du Chien, Dodgeville, Platteville, Rice Lake, Ashland, Hurley, Richland Center, Monroe, Watertown, Whitewater
Outside cities: Chicago IL, Rockford IL, Dubuque IA, Cedar Rapids IA, St Paul MN, Duluth MN, Marquette MI

Wyoming
Tier 1: Cheyenne, Casper
Tier 2: Laramie, Gillette
Tier 3: Rock Springs, Evanston, Sheridan, Green River
Tier 4: Cody, Buffalo, Riverton, Rawlins, Jackson, Kemmerer, Thermopolis, Douglas, Newcastle, Torrington, Wheatland, Worland
Outside cities: Denver CO, Omaha NE, Rapid City SD, Billings MT, Boise ID, Salt Lake City UT

Comments welcomed.

Big John:
I think Waukesha is too close to Milwaukee to be its own control city.

hobsini2:

--- Quote from: Big John on November 11, 2023, 07:25:00 PM ---I think Waukesha is too close to Milwaukee to be its own control city.

--- End quote ---
Fair point. But it is a major enough suburb that it could be a tier 2 or 3.

Scott5114:
In Oklahoma, Lawton should be on tier 1 with OKC and Tulsa. There's no situation in which skipping over Lawton makes sense if a road is headed there, unless OKC or Tulsa is ahead of it.

In Nevada, Reno and Carson need to be on tier 1. They function quite a bit like their own state—the same north/south divide that California has extends across the border into Nevada. The Nevada divide is probably even more severe because there is more or less nothing but the "sagebrush ocean" between Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada; there's nothing like the Central Valley on the border between the two.

mrsman:
Hobsini2,

You have done a wonderful job organizing cities within the states. 

I am curious as to how you envision utilizing the different tiers.  Is one set of tiers acceptable for 2dis, and a different set of tiers acceptable for 3dis or US routes or state routes?

Are we limiting the discussion to freeways or to all types of roads?

Are we suggesting that if a road leads to both a Tier 1 city and a Tier 3 city, that the Tier 1 city would take precedence in some way?

Santa Ana and Pomona are signed as control within California.  Do they qualify as at least Tier 4 cities?

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