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Old 10-08-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Dang, that last one is so gritty.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Hmm, I don't really identify with any of these labels. In my town we have 7600 people, but the nearest larger city is 50 miles away. We have stores like Super Wal-Mart and several grocery and hardware stores, but we have to drive an hour to go to Home Depot or to the mall. Even though this is a small town, some of the neighborhoods look suburban with houses fairly close together. I live in the outer edge of town, so my yard is 4 acres, but I am still within the city limits so I don't consider myself rural. To be truly "rural" IMO you would have to depend on the county for police and fire protection, but I don't, I get city services. It's almost like we are suburban, but without the urban part being anywhere near us.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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Default indeed, definitions can be subjective

The classification is based on which government agency is using it (some define the terms differently).

Usually there are some or all of three key factors considered: population density (people per square mile), distance from nearest city, and/or size of the nearest city (urban and suburban areas extend farther for larger cities).

Early on, the Department of Defense had established the following designations for a ZIP Code:
- Urban: 3,000+ persons per square mile
- Suburban: 1,000 ‐ 3,000 persons per square mile
- Rural: less than 1,000 persons per square mile

Data for marketing and other uses should factor additional information such as population of adjoining city and distance from nearest major city, etc because a lightly populated ZIP Code joining a major metropolitan area might be classified as “Rural” based on population counts alone.

Source: [url=http://greatdata.com/rural-urban-data]Rural, Urban, Suburban ZIP| Rural Urban Continuum[/url] (see more detail tab at top)
[url]http://greatdata.com[/url]
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hmm, I don't really identify with any of these labels. In my town we have 7600 people, but the nearest larger city is 50 miles away. We have stores like Super Wal-Mart and several grocery and hardware stores, but we have to drive an hour to go to Home Depot or to the mall. Even though this is a small town, some of the neighborhoods look suburban with houses fairly close together. I live in the outer edge of town, so my yard is 4 acres, but I am still within the city limits so I don't consider myself rural. To be truly "rural" IMO you would have to depend on the county for police and fire protection, but I don't, I get city services. It's almost like we are suburban, but without the urban part being anywhere near us.
Yeah, I don't think these labels fit everyone. The town I live in has a pop. density of 124/sq. mi, but is less than an hour away from Chicago and has a Walmart, strip malls, suburban subdivisions, and a fairly urban core (for a city < 15,000)
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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Anything but urban. Can't stand most urbanites.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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Urban then rural. The in between is gross and depressing.
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