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Comment author: Louie 01 February 2011 11:12:57PM *  20 points [-]

YES YES YES! Do it! I predict it will be very well attended.

Seattle has the most LW readers of any city in the world without a meet-up!

Visits to LW the past year / Meetup

  • London 56,788 Yes
  • New York 41,422 Yes
  • San Francisco 29,036 Yes
  • Melbourne 24,199 Yes
  • Seattle 19,475 No
  • Chicago 17,235 Yes
  • Sydney 16,806 No
  • Helsinki 16,371 No
  • Los Angeles 14,083 Yes
  • Cambridge 13,622 Yes
  • Philadelphia 11,727 Yes
  • San Jose 11,702 Yes

11000+ Visitors

  • Moscow
  • Austin

10000+ Visitors

  • Washington

9000+ Visitors

  • Atlanta
  • Brisbane
  • Dublin
  • Houston

8000+ Visitors

  • Berkeley
  • Portland

7000+ Visitors

  • Pittsburgh
  • Toronto
  • Paris
  • Denver
  • Sunnyvale
  • Cambridge
  • Redmond

6000+ Visitors

  • Auckland
  • Singapore
  • Madison
  • Cupertino
  • Boston
  • Perth
  • Brooklyn
  • Minneapolis
  • Ann Arbor
  • Oxford
  • Adelaide

5000+ Visitors

  • Canberra
  • Vancouver
  • Berlin
  • San Diego
  • Mountain View
  • Bellevue
  • Vancouver
  • Dallas
  • Durham

4000+ Visitors

  • Bangalore
  • Stanford
  • Edinburgh
  • Budapest
  • Columbus
  • Riga
  • Manchester
  • La Jolla
  • Warsaw
  • Sacramento
  • Raleigh
  • Prague
  • Bristol
  • St. Louis
  • Boulder
  • Ljubljana
  • State College

EDIT: Added 13-50, these are total yearly visitors, not hits

All these cities had at least 500 unique visitors the last month. I would be confident starting a meetup anywhere with over 5000 visitors / year... all of which have at least half the readership of cities that already support meetups now. Other cities that look promising but are just on the borderline are Oslo, Hong Kong, and Princeton.

Comment author: ciphergoth 05 February 2011 06:07:39PM *  2 points [-]

Wow, I had no idea London was LessWrong central! Hmm, will soon be time to post a reminder for the March 6 meetup at 14:00 in the Shakespeare's Head...

Comment author: BenLowell 02 February 2011 09:51:36PM 2 points [-]

What is the range in size for meetups?

I'm just wondering what to expect when looking for locations.

Comment author: Louie 03 February 2011 06:02:49AM 4 points [-]

The first few meetup ran in Melbourne attracted 8 and then 12 people IIRC with just passive LW meetup notices a week or two in advance. I'd expect you to get around 6 people to show up that aren't you with perhaps as many as 10.

Comment author: taryneast 04 March 2011 10:42:12AM 2 points [-]

The last London one was about 16 people - but I'm told that may have been an anomaly... we'll see.

Comment author: Larks 02 February 2011 02:06:33PM 2 points [-]

Go Oxford; probably the highest ratio of meetups to readers!

Comment author: taryneast 22 May 2014 09:48:14AM 1 point [-]

Any chance of getting an updated list like this?

Comment author: childofbaud 08 February 2011 07:41:20AM *  0 points [-]

Toronto is listed twice under 7,000+ visitors... this is clearly an error, but what is not clear is whether there are 7,000 or 14,000 aspiring rationalists in town.

I'd love a TO meetup but I'm too much of an introvert to organize a social gathering. If anyone steps up to the plate, let me know.

Comment author: Louie 09 February 2011 07:26:23PM 2 points [-]

That was a bug in the list. Toronto had only 7000 visitors to LW last year. However, Vancouver was actually listed twice on purpose because it was in analytics twice. I assumed at the time that one was Vancouver, BC and the other was some other major world city named Vancouver... but now I'm not so sure there is another city named Vancouver that could credibly have had ~5,000 visitors as well. So that bug is by design but I'm not sure what that's all about.

Anyway, Canada is still well represented on LW and Toronto is easily the best city to start Canada's first LW meetup. If you won't start it yourself, you should at least bring this up a bunch and goad someone else into doing it. Similarly sized cities like Pittsburgh, Sunnyvale, and Cambridge have all had meetup before.

Comment author: Fitzydog 15 May 2011 07:34:28PM 0 points [-]

There's a city north of Portland called Vancouver. Pop: 161k+

Comment author: Alicorn 15 May 2011 07:57:49PM *  0 points [-]

Google Maps says the one north of Portland is Vancouver, BC.

Comment author: steven0461 15 May 2011 08:07:07PM *  0 points [-]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver,_Washington

Seems hard to believe it had that many visitors, though.

Comment author: Fitzydog 15 May 2011 11:20:56PM 2 points [-]

This is a valid point. Also, the city isn't really populated by very... rational people.

Comment author: taryneast 05 February 2011 09:27:29PM 0 points [-]

Hmmm - looks like I should start up a Sydney meetup when I go back next year. Or perhaps somebody else will start one up for me and I can transition smoothly ;)