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  • Analyzes population changes in nonmetropolitan counties, identifying domestic migration as the reason for a decrease in rural population between 2010-2020. Discusses how most of the population growth since 2000 took place in metropolitan areas. Includes data for all 50 states with a breakdown of the natural, international, and domestic components of population change.
  • Notice of decision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announcing the adoption and content of the 2020 Standards for Delineating Core Based Statistical Areas. This notice also summarizes comments received in response to the January 19, 2021, Federal Register Notice on recommended changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards. Among other […]
  • The Office of Budget and Management (OMB) announced that it won't raise the population threshold for what qualifies as a metro area, keeping the minimum population needed in a community's core city at 50,000 residents to be designated a metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Discusses the rationale behind not pursuing the change at this time.
  • Discusses how the COVID-19 delta variant is spreading and new localized hotspots are emerging, especially across the South, Midwest, and West. Many areas seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rural and/or have lower vaccination rates. Describes how current trends in COVID-19 infections may mean the U.S. is on the cusp of another […]