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I'm writing to see if you know how I can obtain a variable that indicates the "urbanicity" (a binary "urban" versus "rural" variable would be fine) of all U.S. counties. This variable should be fairly recent (around 2000 is good). I thought it would be easy to track down on the web but haven't had luck.


Here's what you need.

It's from the USDA Economic Research Service:


This is a scale with 9 values. You can decide how to collapse this code; 1-3 is urban and 4-9 are rural. It is a good thing to have on hand. Sometimes, you might want the additional detail.

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