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Overview

An area's economic and social characteristics have significant effects on its development and need for various types of public programs. To provide policy-relevant information about diverse county conditions to policymakers, public officials, and researchers, ERS has developed a set of county-level typology codes that captures differences in economic and social characteristics.

The 2004 County Typology codes classify all U.S. counties according to six non-overlapping categories of economic dependence and seven overlapping categories of policy-relevant themes. The economic types include farming, mining, manufacturing, services, Federal/State government, and unspecialized counties. The policy types include housing stress, low education, low employment, persistent poverty, population loss, nonmetro recreation, and retirement destination. In addition, a code identifying counties with persistent child poverty is available.

An update of the County Typology codes is planned for mid-2014.

    Data Set  Download as Excel
    DownloadsLast UpdatedNext Update
    2004 County Typology CodesDownload as Excel7/1/20086/30/2014
    1989 County Typology CodesDownload as Excel9/2/2009
    1979 and 1986 County Typology Codes (uses the 1983 nonmetro definition)Download as Excel9/3/2009
    1979 and 1986 County Typology Codes (uses the 1974 nonmetro definition)Download as Excel9/3/2009

    Last updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    For more information contact: Timothy Parker

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