To find the 10 least-discussed cities in the U.S., Forbes.com did a variety of news-archive searches to determine the number of stories which mentioned the 100 largest cities in national media outlets - namely newspapers the Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal; national newsweeklies Time and Newsweek; and national business magazines Forbes, Fortune and BusinessWeek. Heavier weight was given for stories that mentioned a city repeatedly. Rankings were adjusted for population size, as smaller cities would be expected to receive less coverage.
The midway point between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, rarely makes national news, but when it does, it's often in stories about the region's border tensions. How many people even knew Chula Vista was one of the country's 100 largest cities?
Mesa, Ariz. (Population: 452,933)
Considering it's the 38th largest city in the country, Mesa doesn't appear often in the national media. Many of the residents are oriented toward Phoenix which, as a key hub of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, appeared in stories far more often this year. When Mesa was featured, it was usually in stories about the housing bubble that hit the Southwest.
North Las Vegas, Nev. (Population: 212,114)
The lights of the Las Vegas Strip badly outshine the rest of the region. While the Strip is actually located in Paradise, Nev., to the south of Las Vegas proper, it appears few reporters have ever ventured north of Las Vegas. North Las Vegas' existence barely registers in the national media, though the city has a population equivalent to Reno's.