OMB Definition of Metropolitan Statistical Areas & Creating Urban/Suburban/Rural Classifications in NC

The 2017 Office of Management & Budget's bulletin gives "Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" and serves to create the classifications of urban, suburban, and rural counties, with the "central city" for both urban and suburban counties, in North Carolina used for analysis:






Region County Central City
Urban ALAMANCE Burlington
Urban BUNCOMBE Asheville
Urban BURKE Hickory-Lenior-Morganton
Urban CALDWELL Hickory-Lenior-Morganton
Urban CATAWBA Hickory-Lenior-Morganton
Urban CRAVEN New Bern
Urban CUMBERLAND Fayetteville
Urban DURHAM Durham
Urban EDGECOMBE Rocky Mount
Urban FORSYTH Winston-Salem
Urban GUILFORD Greensboro
Urban MECKLENBURG Charlotte
Urban NASH Rocky Mount
Urban NEW HANOVER Wilmington
Urban ONSLOW Jacksonville
Urban ORANGE Chapel Hill
Urban PITT Greenville
Urban WAKE Raleigh
Urban WAYNE Goldsboro


Region County Central City
Suburban ALEXANDER Hickory-Lenior-Morganton
Suburban BRUNSWICK Myrtle Beach SC
Suburban CABARRUS Charlotte
Suburban CHATHAM Durham
Suburban CURRITUCK Virginia Beach VA
Suburban DAVIDSON Winston-Salem
Suburban DAVIE Winston-Salem
Suburban FRANKLIN Raleigh
Suburban GASTON Charlotte
Suburban GATES Virginia Beach VA
Suburban HAYWOOD Asheville
Suburban HENDERSON Asheville
Suburban HOKE Fayetteville
Suburban IREDELL Charlotte
Suburban JOHNSTON Raleigh
Suburban JONES New Bern
Suburban LINCOLN Charlotte
Suburban MADISON Asheville
Suburban PAMLICO New Bern
Suburban PENDER Wilmington
Suburban PERSON Durham
Suburban RANDOLPH Greensboro
Suburban ROCKINGHAM Greensboro
Suburban ROWAN Charlotte
Suburban STOKES Winston-Salem
Suburban UNION Charlotte
Suburban YADKIN Winston-Salem


Region County
Rural ALLEGHANY
Rural ANSON
Rural ASHE
Rural AVERY
Rural BEAUFORT
Rural BERTIE
Rural BLADEN
Rural CAMDEN
Rural CARTERET
Rural CASWELL
Rural CHEROKEE
Rural CHOWAN
Rural CLAY
Rural CLEVELAND
Rural COLUMBUS
Rural DARE
Rural DUPLIN
Rural GRAHAM
Rural GRANVILLE
Rural GREENE
Rural HALIFAX
Rural HARNETT
Rural HERTFORD
Rural HYDE
Rural JACKSON
Rural LEE
Rural LENOIR
Rural MACON
Rural MARTIN
Rural MCDOWELL
Rural MITCHELL
Rural MONTGOMERY
Rural MOORE
Rural NORTHAMPTON
Rural PASQUOTANK
Rural PERQUIMANS
Rural POLK
Rural RICHMOND
Rural ROBESON
Rural RUTHERFORD
Rural SAMPSON
Rural SCOTLAND
Rural STANLY
Rural SURRY
Rural SWAIN
Rural TRANSYLVANIA
Rural TYRRELL
Rural VANCE
Rural WARREN
Rural WASHINGTON
Rural WATAUGA
Rural WILKES
Rural WILSON
Rural YANCEY