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

Examples of nonmetropolitan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson, of the University of New Hampshire, said nonmetropolitan growth is heavily concentrated in recreational and retirement areas that have traditionally received migrants from urban ones, as well as nonmetro areas just beyond metropolitan outer edges. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 In the 2020 census, Sioux County was one of the only nonmetropolitan counties in Iowa that grew its population. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 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

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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 19 Jul. 2024.

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