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New term for me . . .

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Mary Tiernan

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Was looking up census for a small city in northern Michigan and the bottom of the page had a link to the Cadillac micropolitan area. I always refer to Cadillac as an urban area although the population is below 20,000 as this is the central hub for the area.

I thought this was a unique term, so I looked it up in Wikipedia. Here is a link for anyone else interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_micropolitan_area

It really does describe some of the unique characteristics of the area, and other urban areas in my coverage zone.

Interestingly, it does state population 10,000 to 49,999. I have another area which I refer to properties within the city limits as suburban - the city has less than 5,000 population, and although you could essentially live in this city without ever going to a metropolitan area, it is just not yet big enough for me to consider it an urban area. Properties outside of this city I refer to as rural.

Anyways, I like the term and the definition. Thought I'd share it with anyone else interested.
 

OSU Beavers

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Cool, now I can confuse underwriters by using micropolitan in my reports.
 

murray stroupe

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Re; What's in a name

Micropolitan does sound more cool & descriptive than metropolitan;
that's bigger than biggest city in our county.
 

Mike Boyd

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We made up a term to describe some of our markets that could not really be called suburban yet had some of those characteristics. RURBAN.
 
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