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Rural/Urban Classification

Every school or library in the United States is located in either a rural or an urban area, based on the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) data. When you are calculating the discount level for an individual school or library outlet/branch, you must determine if the school or library is rural or urban in order to properly calculate its percentage discount.

NOTE: Calculations for percentage discounts are always based on data - including rural or urban status - at the level of an individual school or library building.

Choose your state, district or territory from the list below to see the appropriate information. To interpret your search results, please refer to How to Interpret the Rural/Urban Classification Search Results in the Reference Area of this web site.

TABLE OF RURAL AREAS BY STATE

Revised 12/06/2000

  • All the counties listed in regular type are Rural and the entire county is considered Rural.

  • County names in bold type indicate that portions of the county are considered Rural.

  • *ONLY Indicates Census Tracts or Areas that ARE Rural

  • **EXCEPT Indicates Census Tracts or Areas that ARE NOT Rural.

Alabama
Alaska 
American Samoa
Arizona 
Arkansas
California 
Colorado 
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia 
Guam 
Hawaii 
Idaho 
Illinois 
Indiana
Iowa 
Kansas 
Kentucky  

Louisiana 
Maine 
Mariana Islands 
Maryland 
Massachusetts 
Michigan
Minnesota 
Mississippi 
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire 
New Jersey 
New Mexico 
New York 
North Carolina 
North Dakota 
Ohio 

Oklahoma 
Oregon
Pennsylvania 
Puerto Rico 
Rhode Island 
South Carolina 
South Dakota 
Tennessee 
Texas 
Utah
Vermont 
Virginia 
Virgin Islands 
Washington 
West Virginia 
Wisconsin 
Wyoming

  Content Last Modified: May 2, 2003