U.S. Census Bureau changes its definition of an urban area, impacting 1,300 former cities and towns
MAY 3, 2022
Census Bureau has changed its definition of an urban area, which will cause hundreds of existing urban areas to be reclassified as rural. Under the century-old definition used prior to now, an urban area was classed as one with at least 2,500 people. Census blocks will be considered urban if they contain a density of 425 housing u.