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I was looking at the Georgia Metropolitan Areas. My county Atkinson is about in the Valdosta Metro. Area. By being a Metro county, what does it mean? I hope this isn't a very stupid question but o'well!!

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A Metropolitan Statistical Area (aka MSA or Metro) is an area that has a core urban area of 50,000. Surrounding counties are then added based on commuting patterns of 25% or more to the core county.

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But I wouldn't worry about Atkinson County being close to joining Valdosta at any time - Atkinson County would be more likely to join a Douglas (Coffee County) micropolitan area if that ever occured.

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Thanks!!! I would've thought we would join Coffee County before Valdosta, but I thought you had to have a Pop. of 50,000 and Douglas is pretty far away. But there are more commuters from Willacoochee to Douglas than Willacoochee to Valdosta.

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Thanks!!!  I would've thought we would join Coffee County before Valdosta, but I thought you had to have a Pop. of 50,000 and Douglas is pretty far away.  But there are more commuters from Willacoochee to Douglas than Willacoochee to Valdosta.

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A micropolitan area has a smaller population than a metropolitan area - which does require an urban area of 50k, don't know what the stat for a micro area is. I also don't know if Douglas is one or not.

But nonetheless, reviewing the commuting patterns - about 43% of Atkinson Co residents commute out for work, with the majority going to Coffee County & not Lowndes.

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A micropolitan area has a smaller population than a metropolitan area - which does require an urban area of 50k, don't know what the stat for a micro area is.  I also don't know if Douglas is one or not.

But nonetheless, reviewing the commuting patterns - about 43% of Atkinson Co residents commute out for work, with the majority going to Coffee County & not Lowndes.

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Teshadoh, where did you find the commuting patterns at?

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From what I understand of how the Census Bureau does this... if more than 50% of the workforce in a particular county works in another county, say the major or core county, then that county will become a part of that core county's M.S.A.

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From what I understand of how the Census Bureau does this... if more than 50% of the workforce in a particular county works in another county, say the major or core county, then that county will become a part of that core county's M.S.A.

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I thought it was 25% of the workforce...or is that something different?

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A Metropolitan Statistical Area (aka MSA or Metro) is an area that has a core urban area of 50,000. Surrounding counties are then added based on commuting patterns of 25% or more to the core county.

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I understand the whole 25% workforce thing, and the fact that Ga. counties are somewhat smaller than average,

But 27 Counties, thats crazy.

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Because there are so many, the maximum number of counties is fixed in Georgia's constitution is fixed at 159.

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