ERIC Number: ED290684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Where Is the Metropolitan U.S.?
Crews, Kimberly A.
Population Education Interchange, v16 n4 Dec 1987
A Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) may be comprised of one or more counties, can cross state lines, and must contain a city or urbanized area of 50,000 or more people. The population of the whole county (or counties) is included in the MSA even if part of the county is rural. A Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) must have over one million population and contain at least one Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area. Since 1980, metropolitan area growth has been faster than growth in nonmetropolitan areas. Metropolitan Statistical Areas show slow or declining growth in the northeast and midwest and more rapid growth in the south and west. Ninety-five of the 100 fastest-growing MSAs are located in the south and west. Eighteen CMSAs had over two million people in 1986; nine were located in the northeast and midwest regions and nine were in the south and west regions. Nearly one-half (48 percent) of the U.S. population lives in metropolitan areas of more than one million. Suburban areas are no longer dependent on central cities for jobs, because corporations have begun moving to the suburbs. The subsequent build-up of shopping malls and other service centers has increased the economic split between central cities and their suburbs. Resources and strategies for teaching about population are included in this issue. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.