March 9, 2021, 2:00 PM ET

Redefining “Nonmetro”: What Does the Proposed Metropolitan Area Definition Change Mean for Rural America?


The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Outside Metropolitan Areas Definition is often used as a proxy for “rural” areas. This designation is also frequently used by federal and state agencies to distribute billions of dollars in federal resources and make policy decisions. OMB has proposed modifications to the Metropolitan Area definition that could substantially impact rural communities. Join the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) for an analysis of the proposed plan and discussion on its potential impacts on rural America.


Staff of nonprofits, federal, state, local and tribal government, and quasi-government entities working in rural affordable housing

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the nature of the proposed change to the OMB Outside Metropolitan Area definition.
  2. Learn how the change will affect rural areas.


Lance George

Director, Research and Information

Housing Assistance Council

Additional Information

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