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U.S. Census Bureau designations of size on Ed-Data prior to 2010-11

Last updated November 26, 2012

    ​In 2010-11 the CDE began using new categories to describe the "population status" of the area in which a school is located. These categories were established by the US Census Bureau and the National Center on Education Statistics in 2006-07. Ed-Data Reports prior to the 2010-11 school year still use the definitions used previously. These definitions are listed below. For the new definitions, please see our Glossary. For more information and explanation about why the categories were changed, please see the NCES website.

    Large City: a central city of a Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) with 250,000 people or more.
    Mid-size City: a central city of a CMSA or Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), with less than 250,000 people.
    Urban Fringes of Large City: any incorporated place, Census Designated Place, or non-place territory within a CMSA or MSA of a Large City and defined as urban by the Census Bureau.
    Urban Fringes of Mid-size City:any incorporated place, Census Designated Place, or non-place territory within a CMSA or MSA of a Mid-size City and defined as urban.
    Large Town: an incorporated place or Census Designated Place with a population greater than or equal to 25,000 located outside a CMSA or MSA.
    Small Town: an incorporated place or Census Designated Place with a population less than 25,000 but greater than 2,500 located outside a CMSA or MSA.
    Rural, outside MSA: any incorporated place, Census Designated Place, or non-place territory designated as rural by the Census Bureau.
    Rural, inside MSA: any incorporated place, Census Designated Place, or non-place territory within a CMSA or MSA of a Large or Mid-Size City and defined as rural by the Census Bureau.
     
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