non·​met·​ro·​pol·​i·​tan | \ ˌnän-ˌme-trə-ˈpä-lə-tən How to pronounce nonmetropolitan (audio) \

Definition of nonmetropolitan

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "U.S. Coronavirus Cases Near 84,000 for Second Day in a Row," 25 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 data from Johns Hopkins and the Census Bureau. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "U.S. Coronavirus Cases Near 84,000 for Second Day in a Row," 25 Oct. 2020 Numerous counties have been put on a warning list by the Department of Public Health, including many in smaller nonmetropolitan areas. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Some rural parts of Illinois report rising coronavirus cases," 28 Aug. 2020 Three other licenses will be distributed across nonmetropolitan northwestern Illinois. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Illinois' governor signed a law legalizing recreational marijuana. Here's what that means for Wisconsinites," 25 June 2019 The researchers looked at 320 occupations and compared salaries across all 50 states and 420 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Think teacher salaries are low in Idaho? This study confirms it.," 12 July 2018 For the nonmetropolitan area of northwest Alabama the average was about $53,000. Ed Enoch, The Seattle Times, "West Alabama nursing shortage mirrors national trend," 9 Dec. 2017 In Minnesota, 14 percent of nonmetropolitan groceries have closed since 2000. Gillian B. White, The Atlantic, "The Best Business Reads of July," 1 Aug. 2017 As of 2015, the average poverty rates in nonmetropolitan areas was 17.2 percent vs. 14.3 percent for metros. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Rural internet can help shrink economic gap," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of nonmetropolitan

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonmetropolitan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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