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Old 03-11-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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The Winston-Salem MSA added the Thomasville-Lexington micropolitan area (Davidson County) to its MSA according to the most recent configurations. This gives the Winston-Salem MSA a 2010 population of 640,595. This makes it the fourth-largest in the state, bypassing the Durham-Chapel Hill MSA.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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This makes a lot of sense. Ask anyone in Lexington and they feel more associated with Winston-Salem. Many Lexington residents commute to Winston-Salem to work and shop via Highway 52.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:34 AM
 
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Curious...is there a practical reason for adding Thomasville-Lexington to the MSA (e.g., higher priority for state budgets, etc.)?
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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Curious...is there a practical reason for adding Thomasville-Lexington to the MSA (e.g., higher priority for state budgets, etc.)?
Because it meets the commuter threshold requirement, i.e. at least 25% of the workforce in Davidson County commutes to the Winston-Salem metro area for employment.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply Mutiny...

Follow up: does adding these towns to the MSA produce any tangible benefit to the Winston-Salem MSA, or is it just a statistical definition (per your comment)?
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply Mutiny...

Follow up: does adding these towns to the MSA produce any tangible benefit to the Winston-Salem MSA, or is it just a statistical definition (per your comment)?
These stats are used to determine everything from infrastructure funding to retail locations.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:47 AM
 
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Thanks again Mutiny...
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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Doesn't sound like Davidson County was too thrilled, and didn't expect this change...they've been a highly regarded "micropolitan" area.

But kind of similar to when cities grow by annexation, I guess this is one way for the area to seem larger to outsiders.

For me (in northeast Davidson County, near Wallburg), I feel most connected to W-S...I work and mostly shop there. Don't go to Thomasville or Lexington often. We do some things in High Point and Greensboro.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Curious...is there a practical reason for adding Thomasville-Lexington to the MSA (e.g., higher priority for state budgets, etc.)?
Makes future annexations more politically palatable.
WS has been trying to grow w and sw so that the jonestown/ country club area becomes a new 'center' - to many in WS with the growth of clemmons they think of buena vista and downtown as east winston - not East Winston as in the black population but very far east.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:32 PM
 
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Just repaying the favor, Mutiny77.
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