The Nation’s Top-Performing Micropolitan Areas Unmask Opportunities In Tough Times

8 Mar 2021


Micropolitan areas were socially distanced before it became a thing.

Defined as having a population between 10,000 and 49,999, they sometimes can be virtually synonymous with entire counties, their populations spread across rolling hills and valleys.

Others benefit from proximity to larger metro areas: not too far away, but just far enough to avoid being annexed — for now. Just ask perennial former No. 1 micro Statesville-Mooresville, North Carolina, which was swallowed up by the greater Charlotte CBSA several years ago, yet still churns results for its newly defined region.

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