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Urban and Rural Classification Press Kit

The Census Bureau’s urban-rural classification is a delineation of geographic areas, identifying both individual urban areas and the rural area of the nation. The Census Bureau’s urban areas represent densely developed territory, and encompass residential, commercial, and other non-residential urban land uses. The Census Bureau delineates urban areas after each decennial census by applying specified criteria to decennial census and other data. Rural encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within any urban area.



Fact Sheet


Product Release Schedule

January 2023

  • 2020 Census Urban Areas Wall Map
  • TIGERwebTIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • TIGER/Line Geodatabases
  • Relationship Files
  • Census Geocoder updated with 2020 Census Urban Areas

Later in 2023

  • Cartographic Boundary Files – May 2023
  • Additional maps


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