13.6- Defining Urban Settlements

Urban growth caused adjacent metropolitan areas to overlap.

LEGAL DEFINTION OF A CITY

  • City defines a urban settlement hat has been legally incorporated into an independent, self-governing unit.
  • Central cities are surrounded by suburbs.
  • Cities have locally elected officials and the ability to raise taxes

METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA

  • The U.S. Bureau of the Census has created a method of measuring the functional area of a city, known as the metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
  • MSA includes an area of at least 50,000 inhabitants
  • Micropolitan statistical areas are smaller urban areas designated by the census

Metropolitan Statistical Area of Florida

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Metropolitans and Micropolitans

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