Micropolitan area is a newly defined unit of analysis for examining housing affordability. Before the creation of micropolitan areas in 2003, U.S. counties were categorized as either metropolitan or nonmetropolitan. The category of micropolitan area allows for a more detailed analysis of housing affordability conditions in areas with populations less than metropolitan areas but more than nonmetropolitan areas. Variables examined in this analysis of micropolitan areas include demographic and housing characteristics. A policy section highlights how the findings from this analysis may be applied to micropolitan geography.
Place and Environment | Real Estate | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning
Lang, R. E.,
Danielsen, K. A.
Housing in the nation’s micropolitan areas: A first look.
Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 10(1),
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.