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Rural-Urban Continuum for Counties (County)

Source: USDA ERS County Classifications, Economic Research Service (Department of Agriculture)
Topic: Population and PoliticsSubtopic: Other PopulationsCategory: Urban & Rural Populations
Product: Local StatsDate Updated: June 2014Update Tips
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    * An update for this table was not available in the 2015. It will be updated once new data is released. **Counties are placed on a scale from 1 to 9, 1 being most urban and 9 being most rural. 1-3 indicate counties that belong to metro areas.

    Years Available: 1974, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013

    Permanent Link: http://data.sagepub.com/sagestats/7568

    General Notes: **Counties are placed on a scale from 1 to 9, 1 being most urban and 9 being most rural. Earlier codes (1993 and prior) also included "0" for the central counties of metro areas of 1 million population or more; for the purposes of comparability, those have been attributed as "1" in SAGE Stats but are marked with a # symbol. Although the definitions have not otherwise changed in wording, what "metro area" means has changed over time. The definitions are as follows: 1-Counties in metro areas of 1 million population or more. 2-Counties in metro areas of 250,000 to 1 million population. 3-Counties in metro areas of fewer than 250,000 population. 4-Urban population of 20,000 or more, adjacent to a metro area. 5-Urban population of 20,000 or more, not adjacent to a metro area. 6-Urban population of 2,500 to 19,999, adjacent to a metro area. 7-Urban population of 2,500 to 19,999, not adjacent to a metro area. 8-Completely rural or less than 2,500 urban population, adjacent to a metro area. 9-Completely rural or less than 2,500 urban population, not adjacent to a metro area.

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