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  •  Shiawassee (3+ / 0-)
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    koolbens, MichaelNY, Larsstephens

    I live in Lansing, and technically, as defined by the Department of Management and Budget, which the Census uses to define metropolitan areas, Shiawassee County is part of Lansing's "combined statistical area" despite being wedged in between Lansing and Flint.  What this means simply is that Shiawassee sends more commuters to Lansing than it does to Genesee County.

    So, technically, it actually is exburban, and if it wasn't before it's definitely getting to be more exurban, now, and being tied closer in with Lansing's economy.

    •  Interesting; thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, Larsstephens

      Did not know that.

      Is neither cool nor named Ben. MI-06 (Home), MI-02 (College), Male, 20. -7.25, -0.26.

      by koolbens on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 08:21:05 PM PST

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    •  I'd still be interested to know... (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, Larsstephens

      What percentage of those living in Shiawassee commute to Lansing for work. my guess would be it's still not that large compared to those commuters living in Clinton and Eaton Counties. And as I said in a post above, there used to be more people in the northern part of the county who would commute to Saginaw/Flint to work in the auto plants, but that's mostly stopped when those jobs dried up/became more competitive to get.

      Is neither cool nor named Ben. MI-06 (Home), MI-02 (College), Male, 20. -7.25, -0.26.

      by koolbens on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 08:33:28 PM PST

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      •  Metropolitan Areas (3+ / 0-)
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        Metropolitan areas are defined by counties, so when I said "Lansing" that includes Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.  To form a "metropolitan statistical area (MSA)" a county has to send something like 25% of its commuters to the central county(ies).  To form a "combined statistical area" an exurban county has to send something like 15% of its commuters to any or all of the counties of an MSA.  So, Shiawassee sends at least 15% of its commuters to Lansing's MSA.

        I'd have to do some more researching, but I think Shiawassee County was added to Lansing's combined statistical area for the 2000 Census, and certainly no earlier than the 1990 Census.

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