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Old 02-05-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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http://www.census.gov/population/met...ro_Feb2013.pdf

There is the official map as of Feb 2013. Any of the counties that are not colored (white) are not part of a metro or micro area and are considered to be outside counties/areas.
This map might be technically correct but still too broad. A lot of smaller metropolitan areas include a lot territory that are little town\rural oriented. That may be true too for some of the fringe counties of some large metros.
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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It's the speculation and gossip. Why is Mr. Harrison suddenly buying so much toilet paper? Is Mary's daughter Susan getting a little heavy through the middle? The new neighbor has a lot of packages delivered...
... and for some people it can feel kind of claustrophobic living in a town whose population may be smaller than the student body at the college they attended. Then the feeling that it's hard to leave the house without someone noticing where you went, who you were with, etc...
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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http://www.census.gov/population/met...ro_Feb2013.pdf

There is the official map as of Feb 2013. Any of the counties that are not colored (white) are not part of a metro or micro area and are considered to be outside counties/areas.
Yep. Eastland County is coloured white. I personally think it should belong to the Abilene micro area as so many people there actually do travel there on a semi-regular basis whether its for work or shopping or anything like that. Oh well!
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Old 02-06-2017, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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I grew up in an "outside county" (Clarke County, AL). There is not enough money in the world that could convince me to move back up there permanently. Now, that being said, I did enjoy growing up there. There was plenty to do outside, even if it were nothing more than walking through the woods behind my house. We also had a huge community pool that EVERYONE went to in the summer.


However, now that I am grown, I see it as nothing more than a racist little backwater with little to no future. There are no decent job opportunities, no decent schools, the "good ole boy" attitude, systematic racism, no culture (unless you count hunting/fishing as culture), no movie theater, no good restaurants (except for fried foods), and several other things that I could not deal with as an adult.


I would be willing to live in an "outside county" somewhere else, just not the one I grew up in.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Over the weekend, I took a drive to an outside county to see what it's like. So I drove 2.5 hours to Greene County, NY. It was a beautiful place with very few people and very little traffic. The only thing that I didn't like was all the Trump signs and Don't Tread on Me signs that are still visible everywhere. Also, the mobile signal strength was terrible or nonexistent in some parts.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yes, in rural southwest Virginia.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Yes. From ages 5 to 11 I lived in a remote part of rural southern Kentucky that was not part of a present day micropolitian area. Once you got to the state highway it was either 15 or 8 miles to the nearest traffic light and any shopping or restaurants. I wouldn't want to live there now but it was a great place to be a kid. My mom and I lived in a trailer that sat on grandparent's 70 acres of fields and forested hills and was a 5 minute walk to four different family members. Mom could let me run around outside all evening and never worry about sex offenders or me being hit by a car. I made my own hiking trails.
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