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Redefining the Metropolitan Region.

Adams, John S. and Barbara J. VanDrasek.

Since 1950, when the U.S. government began designating official metropolitan areas, the boundaries between urban and rural areas have become more and more blurred. Meanwhile the Office of Management and Budget and the Bureau of the Census have been besieged from decade to decade with demands that specific areas be given metropolitan designation. In 1998 they wondered if they should even continue to define metropolitan areas and if so, how. The intricacies and dilemmas of defining metropolitan areas are revealed through a closer look at the situation in Minnesota. The authors propose that the method of definition be changed to a simple criterion of population density. This would be calculated at the county level, with values based on a population index calculated from both state and national scales. Regions would then be defined by actual similarity rather than by geography or politics.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
28 (3): 13-18
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Reporter 28 (3)