Census Bureau Drops Enid from List of Urbanized Areas

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WASHINGTON _ The Enid metropolitan area was dropped from the U.S. Census Bureau list of "urbanized areas" Thursday.

The Census Bureau said Thursday it was officially adding 33 cities on the urbanized area list. But two cities _ Danville, Ill., and Enid _ lost the designation because of population losses.

Altogether, the 1990 census found 396 urbanized areas.

The Census Bureau said Thursday it had declared the 33 cities "urbanized areas" _ a piece of government jargon meaning they're no longer considered populated patches of rural ground.

Urbanized areas have a better shot at federal dollars than do their country cousins. For example, federal money for transportation planning and mass transit in cities goes to urbanized areas.

The urbanized area designation also can be a first step toward recognition as a metropolitan area, which means even more money.

To become an urbanized area, a city and its surrounding territory must have at least 50,000 people. The area includes places outside the city having at least 1,000 people per square mile.

Hesperia-Apple Valley-Victorville, Calif., was the largest of the new urbanized areas, with 153,176 people. Next were Stuart, Fla., 80,069; Lewisville, Texas, 79,433; Crystal Lake, Ill., 72,498; and Vacaville, Calif., 71,535.

Other urbanized areas were combined, as their city suburbs collided. …