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Old 02-17-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: West Des Moines, IA
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Default ? on Des Moines Metro Counties

I have always wondered why the DMI Metro includes Guthrie County, when its so far away and sparsely populated, as opposed to Story County which is a close drive from Ankeny and it's more populated? It's bugged me for the longest time, I'll apprectiate the feedback.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: West Des Moines, IA
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Or at least add Jasper County for that matter, at least it borders Polk and is closer.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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I have always wondered why the DMI Metro includes Guthrie County, when its so far away and sparsely populated, as opposed to Story County which is a close drive from Ankeny and it's more populated? It's bugged me for the longest time, I'll apprectiate the feedback.
IMO, Des Moines metro counties are Polk and Dallas.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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A lot of people commute from Jasper and Warren.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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The term metropolitan area (i.e...metro) is a defined term and is defined by certain perimeters. The number of people who commute into the area to work is one of the factors.

Des Moines metropolitan area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

That isn't the best link, but I'm short on time, but I'm sure people can google for a better resource. Bottomline -- this isn't an opinion issue because a metro is a defined term and determined by statistics.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:37 AM
 
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In terms of feeling like you actually have stuff around you...Polk and Dallas. The City of Des Moines itself does slightly "poke" into Warren County, so it makes sense that Warren County is included.

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Old 02-18-2012, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Norwalk, Bloomfield Township and maybe Carlisle definitely fit the bill of being in the Des Moines area for Warren County. Indianola, not quite as much.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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As far as Madison Co., I believe West Des Moines city limits wander into NE Madison Co. Expansion out there will probably continue when the new exit is constructed along I-80.... Alice Rd. I think? Can't remember right off top.

Madison, Dallas, Warren and Polk Counties all meet at Dale Maffit Reservoir. This is just west of the Hwy 5 bypass and I-35 intersection.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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"Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (metro and micro areas) are geographic entities defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics. The term "Core Based Statistical Area" (CBSA) is a collective term for both metro and micro areas. A metro area contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population, and a micro area contains an urban core of at least 10,000 (but less than 50,000) population. Each metro or micro area consists of one or more counties and includes the counties containing the core urban area, as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core."

I'm guessing enough peole drive from Guthrie to Waukee/WDM as a % of pop that it counts. Whereas Story/Jasper have enough of their own employment base that not as high a % drive to DM for work. I agree that they should (and likely will) be added in the future. Jasper and Marion are sometimes included for workshep studies.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Norwalk, Bloomfield Township and maybe Carlisle definitely fit the bill of being in the Des Moines area for Warren County. Indianola, not quite as much.
Did you mean Greenfield Township?
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