Urban / Renewal Status Of Mississippi Districts
of Mississippi Public Schools
Every school in the United States is located in either a rural or an urban area, based on the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) data. When you are calculating an individual school's
discount level, you must determine if the school is rural or urban in order to properly calculate its percentage discount.
Metropolitan Statistical Areas are defined by the U.S. Office of Managment and Budget (OMB). The MSA standards are revised beore each decennial Census. When Census data
becomes available, the standards are applied to define the actual MSAs. An MSA is a county or group of contiguous counties that contains at least one city with a population of 50,000
or more or includes a Census Bureau-defined urbanized area of at least 50,000 with a metropolitan population of at least 100,000. In addition to the county containing the main city or
urbanized area, an MSA may contain other counties that are metropolitan in character and are economically and socially integrated with the central counties. In New England, cities and
towns, rather than counties, are used to define MSAs. Metropolitan population is based on MSAs as defined by OMB in 1993 using the 1990 Census.
Mississippi Metropolitan Area
Memphis, TN (Includes DeSoto County, MS)
Each of the counties associated with each of these Metropolitan Areas is considered to be a part of the Metropolitan Area because, with the exception of New England, the MSA
includes the entire county. In some cases, the contiguous counties are also considered to be a part of the MSA.
The following counties in Mississippi are considered to be a part of a MSA:
Counties included in Metropolita Area
MSA the county is associated with
**Because these counties are considered to be urban rather than rural, based on Census data, any districts within these counties must file as an urban school district
when filing for E-Rate discounts.**
The following counties in Mississippi are NOT considered to be a part of a MSA and are consequently considered rural:
Jefferson Davis County
Pearl River County
**Because these counties are onsidered to be rural, based on Census data, any districts within these counties must file as a rural school district when filing for E-Rate