The Census Bureau published final criteria for delineating urban areas for the 2010 Census in the August 24, 2011 Federal Register. In addition to the final criteria, the notice contains a summary of comments received in response to the Census Bureau’s proposed urban area criteria and the Census Bureau’s responses to those comments. Background information about the Census Bureau’s urban-rural classification also is included.
Note that these areas form the foundation for delineating the metropolitan and micropolitan areas by OMB that are to come.
The final criteria are available from the Census Bureau’s website at