non·​met·​ro·​pol·​i·​tan ˌnän-ˌme-trə-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce nonmetropolitan (audio)
: not of, relating to, or characteristic of a metropolis : not metropolitan
nonmetropolitan communities
For two centuries, cities were an irresistible magnet for internal American migration. In the 1970s, however, that path was reversed as nonmetropolitan areas grew by 14.4% and metropolitan areas by 10.5%.Richard Stengel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are now more cases per 100,000 people in nonmetropolitan counties than there are in metropolitan areas, a shift from earlier in the pandemic. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2020 There are now more cases per 100,000 people in nonmetropolitan counties than there are in metropolitan areas, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University and Census Bureau data. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2020 Other areas of the country where officers make an average annual salary of under $40,000 include parts of Arkansas and Mississippi, as well as Central Louisiana, Macon, Georgia; East Georgia’s nonmetropolitan area, Northeast South Carolina and South-Central Kentucky, figures show. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 15 May 2021 Medical care centers in metropolitan counties also had higher vaccine coverage than those in rural and nonmetropolitan urban counties, the researchers said. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The researchers used US Department of Agriculture methodology to differentiate between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 However, the nonmetropolitan rate had not been double that of metropolitan areas since December 1, 2020. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 While the majority of nonmetropolitan counties have more than two available qualifying pharmacies that may offer vaccines, there are more than 100 counties which have no eligible pharmacies, according to the analysis. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2021 That is a shift from earlier in the pandemic, when there were more cases per 100,000 people in metropolitan areas and nonmetropolitan areas. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonmetropolitan was in 1876

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“Nonmetropolitan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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