Monday, July 29, 2019

US Census Bureau notes population changes known as Micropilitan America

Population Change 

Micropolitan statistical areas—or “micros”—are core based statistical areas (CBSAs) that provide a
lens on small-town America. Micros are delineated for use in collecting and publishing comparable statistical data across federal agencies. These areas must contain a population concentration, or core, of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 (while metropolitan statistical areas must contain a population core of at least 50,000), and consist of the county or counties containing the core plus any other counties with strong commuting ties to the core counties. Taken together, these requirements typically translate into a small town and its surroundings.

The overall growth rates of micros varied across states between 2000 and 2017. Some states experienced population growth at the state level, but loss in their micro populations (e.g., Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). In other states, there was growth in micro populations, but below overall state growth (e.g., Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas). There were seven states with a micro population growth rate higher than that of the state overall: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Utah had the highest micro population growth rate at 43.6 percent.

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