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Insight: New proposed criteria for Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Urban Areas

By: Mallory Bateman

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The decennial census is not the only once-a-decade opportunity for the public to potentially impact data that shapes our communities. Although less well known, several programs revisit their criteria once every ten years. The public gets the chance to comment when the criteria are shared in the Federal Register.  

Proposed criteria for two programs, Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Urban Areas, wer