mi·​cro·​pol·​i·​tan ˌmī-krō-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce micropolitan (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a population area that includes a city with 10,000 to 50,000 residents and its surrounding communities

Examples of micropolitan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Source: Census, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data provided by the Office of Personnel Management shows the number of federal workers in over 900 metropolitan and micropolitan areas as of March 2023, not including contractors, the Postal Service or intelligence workers. Hanna Zakharenko, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 The two cities, which had been linked for decades, were now connected only through an ad hoc ferry system, cleaving the micropolitan area in half. Colin Dickey, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2023 On the other end of the spectrum, the Selma micropolitan area in the state’s Black Belt region lost about 800 people, or roughly 2% of its population. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 26 Jan. 2023 The county just south of Wisconsin Dells that includes Baraboo is considered micropolitan by the WRA. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2021 If the standard were to change, these 144 places would be labeled micropolitan while maintaining many characteristics currently considered metropolitan. Camille Squires, Quartz, 23 June 2021 As the largest micropolitan area in the state, Mankato would have an unfair advantage against other small cities, Vogel said. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 In a separate letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Hoeven said the proposal also would hurt micropolitan areas that were on the cusp of becoming metro areas. Mike Schneider, ajc, 16 Mar. 2021 Doing so would reclassify more than a third of the current 392 metro areas as micropolitan statistical areas. Mike Schneider, ajc, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


micr- + (metro)politan entry 2

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of micropolitan was in 1982

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“Micropolitan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micropolitan. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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