Ch 13.6 Defining Urban Settlements

Urban Settlements can be defined in three ways

Urbanized Area

In the United States, the central city and the surrounding build-up suburbs are called an urbanized area.

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

MSA is a method of measuring the functional area of a city. MSA includes the following.

1. An urbanized area of at least 50,000 inhabitants.

2. The county within the city is located.

3. Adjacent counties with a high population density and a large percentage of residents workin in the central city's county.

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