US Regime to Keep Definition of “Metro” at 50,000-Person Minimum

Source: US News & World Report

“Facing criticism from small cities that feared losing status and funding, the federal government said Tuesday that it won’t raise the population threshold for what qualifies as a metro area. The Office of Budget and Management said it will keep the minimum population needed in a community’s core city at 50,000 residents in order to be designated a ‘metropolitan statistical area,’ also known as an MSA. The federal government had been considering doubling that threshold to 100,000 people. … Leaders of metro areas like Bismarck, North Dakota; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Auburn, Alabama, had worried the change would cause real harm, preventing urban areas from getting designated federal funding and making them less attractive for economic development.” (07/14/21)