How The Government Classifies Urban and Rural Areas May Change

A last-minute Trump administration proposal to reclassify urban and rural areas could affect localities’ access to government benefits and the application of federal policies in areas including housing. The proposed rule would increase the minimum population threshold for a metropolitan area from 50,000 to 100,000, expanding the definition of rural America. Local government officials worry the new classification will increase competition and disqualify both urban and rural areas from federal programs and funding. Federal agencies are now reviewing public comments made on the Federal Register.

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