Proposed Urban Area Criteria for 2020 Census

On Friday, February 19, 2021, the proposal for the 2020 Urban Area Criteria was published in the Federal Register, https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-02-19/pdf/2021-03412.pdf. Comments on the proposal are due on May 20, 2021. These urban area criteria will be important for determining, among other things:

  • Establishing boundaries for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (µSAs)
  • Transit funding amounts for the state and local communities
  • Areas that are or are not eligible for 5307 Urbanized Area funding and 5311 Rural Transit Funding

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