Frequently Asked Questions

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How have the geographic areas changed since the 2002 Economic Census?

Geography changes from the 2002 Economic Census can be found in the Geography Changes section of the 2007 Economic Census User Guide.

As compared to the major changes to the metro area definitions from 1997 to 2002, the changes to the metro areas from 2002 to 2007 are few and not as significant.  However, changes to the place definition for 2007 are significant.  For 2007, the economic census will include data for all incorporated and (for the first time) unincorporated places with 5,000 or more population or 5,000 or more jobs.  The population cutoff is changed from 2002, and jobs is new for 2007, so there are many new cities and towns that will be shown in 2007 that were not shown in 2002.  There are also some small towns that will no longer be shown.


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