Top 15 metro areas ranked by teenage population.

While teen spending has slowed somewhat recently, the group remains one of the most acquisitive and trend-conscious. Many teens reside in college towns, where cultural amenities are a strong lure for their baby-boomer parents. "Family-oriented places, almost by definition, have more teenagers, and college towns have more 18 and 19 year olds," said Tom Exter, director of data development for MapInfo. Immigrants also play a role because they tend to have large families. New York City was on the full list but didn’t make the top set.

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