113 Counties Switch to Metro Status

Every 10 years the federal government redefines which counties lie in and out of Metropolitan Statistical Areas – which gives us a rough equivalent of which counties are rural. Here are the ones that switched in 2013.

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With the stroke of a pen and without necessarily moving an inch, about 5.8 million Americans who previously lived in nonmetro counties are now part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area, or metro. Conversely, about a million Americans who formerly lived in metro areas now live in nonmetro counties.

The change is due to the reclassification of counties that are part of metropolitan areas by the federal Office of Management and Budget.

Because of the switch, 113 counties that previously lay outside metro areas have been incorporated into metropolitan areas.

Thirty-six counties have gone the other direction – changing from metro to nonmetro status.

The net change in county classifications is that 77 additional counties are part of metropolitan America. That means, in broad terms, that the federal government no longer considers them to be rural for some funding programs and demographic purposes.

We’ve got a list of the counties that switched below. The smallest formerly nonmetro county to join a metropolitan area is Kalawao County, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. With only 90 residents, it’s now part of the Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina metro.

On the other end of the population spectrum, the formerly nonmetro county of Mohave in Arizona, with a population of over 200,000, is now part of Lake Havasu City-Kingman metro.

The metro/nonmetro classification is based on population figures of cities and the economic ties of counties that are adjacent to them. While change on the ground may be gradual and occur over years or even decades, the metro/non-metro designation is an either/or proposition. Cross the threshold, and your county flips from metro to nonmetro, or the other way around.

Metro counties now have a combined population of 262.5 million, while nonmetro counties have a population of 46.3 million. About 15% of the U.S. population now lives in nonmetro counties, down from 17% in 2003.

COUNTIES THAT SWITCH TO METRO FROM NONMETRO

State

County Name

Population in 2010 Census

Metro Area Joined In 2013

AL

Pickens County

19,746

Tuscaloosa, AL

AL

Baldwin County

182,265

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

AR

Little River County

13,171

Texarkana, TX-AR

AZ

Cochise County

131,346

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

AZ

Mohave County

200,186

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

CT

Windham County

118,428

Worcester, MA-CT

DE

Sussex County

197,145

Salisbury, MD-DE

FL

Gulf County

15,863

Panama City, FL

FL

Walton County

55,043

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

FL

Sumter County

93,420

The Villages, FL

FL

Flagler County

95,696

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

FL

Highlands County

98,786

Sebring, FL

FL

Citrus County

141,236

Homosassa Springs, FL

GA

Lincoln County

7,996

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

GA

Pulaski County

12,010

Warner Robins, GA

GA

Morgan County

17,868

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

GA

Peach County

27,695

Warner Robins, GA

HI

Kalawao County

90

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

HI

Maui County

154,834

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

IA

Plymouth County

24,986

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

ID

Butte County

2,891

Idaho Falls, ID

IL

Alexander County

8,238

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

IL

De Witt County

16,561

Bloomington, IL

IL

Jackson County

60,218

Carbondale-Marion, IL

IL

Williamson County

66,357

Carbondale-Marion, IL

IN

Union County

7,516

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

IN

Scott County

24,181

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

KS

Kingman County

7,858

Wichita, KS

KS

Pottawatomie County

21,604

Manhattan, KS

KS

Riley County

71,115

Manhattan, KS

KY

Butler County

12,690

Bowling Green, KY

KY

Allen County

19,956

Bowling Green, KY

LA

St. James Parish

22,102

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

LA

Webster Parish

41,207

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

LA

Vermilion Parish

57,999

Lafayette, LA

LA

Acadia Parish

61,773

Lafayette, LA

LA

Iberia Parish

73,240

Lafayette, LA

LA

Tangipahoa Parish

121,097

Hammond, LA

MD

Worcester County

51,454

Salisbury, MD-DE

MD

St. Mary’s County

105,151

California-Lexington Park, MD

MI

Montcalm County

63,342

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

MI

Midland County

83,629

Midland, MI

MN

Sibley County

15,226

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

MN

Fillmore County

20,866

Rochester, MN

MN

Mille Lacs County

26,097

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

MN

Le Sueur County

27,703

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

MN

Nicollet County

32,727

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

MN

Blue Earth County

64,013

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

MO

Bollinger County

12,363

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

MO

Cape Girardeau County

75,674

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

MS

Benton County

8,729

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

MS

Yazoo County

28,065

Jackson, MS

MT

Golden Valley County

884

Billings, MT

NC

Jones County

10,153

New Bern, NC

NC

Gates County

12,197

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

NC

Pamlico County

13,144

New Bern, NC

NC

Lincoln County

78,265

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

NC

Craven County

103,505

New Bern, NC

NC

Rowan County

138,428

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

NC

Iredell County

159,437

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

NC

Davidson County

162,878

Winston-Salem, NC

ND

Oliver County

1,846

Bismarck, ND

ND

Sioux County

4,153

Bismarck, ND

NE

Howard County

6,274

Grand Island, NE

NE

Merrick County

7,845

Grand Island, NE

NE

Hamilton County

9,124

Grand Island, NE

NE

Hall County

58,607

Grand Island, NE

NY

Yates County

25,348

Rochester, NY

NY

Jefferson County

116,229

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

OH

Hocking County

29,380

Columbus, OH

OH

Perry County

36,058

Columbus, OH

OK

Cotton County

6,193

Lawton, OK

OR

Josephine County

82,713

Grants Pass, OR

OR

Linn County

116,672

Albany, OR

PA

Montour County

18,267

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

PA

Columbia County

67,295

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

PA

Adams County

101,407

Gettysburg, PA

PA

Franklin County

149,618

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

PA

Monroe County

169,842

East Stroudsburg, PA

SC

Jasper County

24,777

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

SC

Union County

28,961

Spartanburg, SC

SC

Chester County

33,140

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

SC

Lancaster County

76,652

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

SC

Beaufort County

162,233

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

SD

Custer County

8,216

Rapid City, SD

TN

Crockett County

14,586

Jackson, TN

TN

Morgan County

21,987

Knoxville, TN

TN

Campbell County

40,716

Knoxville, TN

TN

Roane County

54,181

Knoxville, TN

TN

Maury County

80,956

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

TX

Oldham County

2,052

Amarillo, TX

TX

Hudspeth County

3,476

El Paso, TX

TX

Martin County

4,799

Midland, TX

TX

Lynn County

5,915

Lubbock, TX

TX

Somervell County

8,490

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

TX

Newton County

14,445

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

TX

Falls County

17,866

Waco, TX

TX

Hood County

51,182

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

UT

Box Elder County

49,975

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

VA

Rappahannock County

7,373

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

VA

Floyd County

15,279

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

VA

Buckingham County

17,146

Charlottesville, VA

VA

Waynesboro city

21,006

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

VA

Staunton city

23,746

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

VA

Culpeper County

46,689

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

VA

Augusta County

73,750

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

WA

Columbia County

4,078

Walla Walla, WA

WA

Pend Oreille County

13,001

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

WA

Stevens County

43,531

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

WA

Walla Walla County

58,781

Walla Walla, WA

WI

Green County

36,842

Madison, WI

WV

Fayette County

46,039

Beckley, WV

WV

Raleigh County

78,859

Beckley, WV

 

 

COUNTIES THAT SWITCHED TO NONMETRO FROM METRO

State

County Name

Population in 2010 Census

Metropolitan Area These Counties Belonged To Before 2010 Census

AL

Greene County

9,045

Tuscaloosa, AL 

AR

Franklin County

18,125

Fort Smith, AR-OK 

ID

Power County

7,817

Pocatello, ID 

IN

Tipton County

15,936

Kokomo, IN 

IN

Franklin County

23,087

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 

IN

Greene County

33,165

Bloomington, IN 

IN

Gibson County

33,503

Evansville, IN-KY 

KS

Franklin County

25,992

Kansas City, MO-KS 

KY

Webster County

13,621

Evansville, IN-KY 

KY

Nelson County

43,437

Louisville, KY-IN 

MA

Franklin County

71,372

Springfield, MA 

MI

Newaygo County

48,460

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 

MI

Ionia County

63,905

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 

MO

Howard County

10,144

Columbia, MO 

MO

Washington County

25,195

St. Louis, MO-IL 

MS

Stone County

17,786

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 

MS

George County

22,578

Pascagoula, MS 

NC

Greene County

21,362

Greenville, NC 

NC

Anson County

26,948

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 

OH

Ottawa County

41,428

Toledo, OH 

OH

Preble County

42,270

Dayton, OH 

OH

Washington County

61,778

Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH 

OH

Erie County

77,079

Sandusky, OH 

TN

Stewart County

13,324

Clarksville, TN-KY 

TX

Delta County

5,231

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 

TX

Calhoun County

21,381

Victoria, TX 

TX

San Jacinto County

26,384

Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX 

UT

Summit County

36,324

Salt Lake City, UT 

VA

King and Queen County

6,945

Richmond, VA 

VA

Surry County

7,058

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 

VA

Cumberland County

10,052

Richmond, VA 

VA

Louisa County

33,153

Richmond, VA 

VA

Danville city

43,055

Danville, VA 

VA

Pittsylvania County

63,506

Danville, VA 

WV

Pleasants County

7,605

Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH 

WV

Morgan County

17,541

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 

 

 

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