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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Exhibit A:

NCES's urban-centric locale categories, released in 2006


Locale Definition
City
Large Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population of 250,000 or more
Midsize Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000
Small Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population less than 100,000
Suburb
Large Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more
Midsize Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000
Small Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population less than 100,000
Town
Fringe Territory inside an urban cluster that is less than or equal to 10 miles from an urbanized area
Distant Territory inside an urban cluster that is more than 10 miles and less than or equal to 35 miles from an urbanized area
Remote Territory inside an urban cluster that is more than 35 miles from an urbanized area
Rural
Fringe Census-defined rural territory that is less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster
Distant Census-defined rural territory that is more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster
Remote Census-defined rural territory that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and is also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster
SOURCE: Office of Management and Budget (2000). Standards for Defining Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas; Notice. Federal Register (65) No. 249.
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