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metropolitan area

(1) Generally, any area in or around a city. (2) A concept developed by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in order to standardize the descriptions of geographical areas so that comparisons of data among various federal agencies could be on an apples-to-apples basis; all data regarding a particular metropolitan area would apply to the same geographical area and the same population density and profile.Today,the concept is called core-based statistical areas,which include metropolitan statistical areas and micropolitan statistical areas. One may find statistical information about each at the Web site of the U.S. Census, www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/aboutmetro.html.

• Metropolitan statistical areas contain at least one urbanized area of 50,000 people or more.

• Micropolitan statistical areas contain at least one urbanized area and a population of 10,000 to 50,000 people.

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The commuter area service stations jEnrjestyksenvalvonta- and security services refer to commuter rail stations in the area and the risk of breakdowns, in connection with the bus terminals and their surrounding areas, transport stations, park and ride, as well as patrols and order monitoring the trains might come to pass, which essentially relates to security systems implemented in the Pasila agency to the house.
The estate is in a prime commuter area in Glasgow and has good road links for those who want to drive, as well as that rail station.
"A relatively affluent area of Gateshead, Ryton has experienced suburbanisation in recent years and is now used as a commuter area for those who work in the more urban areas of Tyneside.
Councillor Stuart Beese, leader of the ruling Conservative group, said the district had become a commuter area for London, Birmingham and Coventry.
In Dublin North - a growing commuter area covering Malahide, Swords and Balbriggan - every school reported having prefabs to accommodate growing numbers of students.
Key workers can't afford to live in the communities in which they work and the effects on a village of it suddenly becoming a near exclusively commuter area are all too clear to see in terms of local services.
The Central franchise itself was one of the last drawn up and consequently saw the West Midlands commuter area bundled together with scraps that other operators didn't want.
The good people from BBC Sport, Radio Five Live and children's programming will no doubt require housing here which will push up Manchester's housing prices and Huddersfield could just come into the commuter area and benefit too.
Railtrack's successor is to take over direct responsibility for maintenance in a key commuter area from financially-troubled company Amey.
Their efforts have been rewarded and in recent years Gorton has become an important commuter area for the city.
It has, however, developed into a popular commuter area and civic leaders are now taking about "visions" for the future.
Connex South Eastern, the busiest commuter area, was fined most at pounds 12.5million - including pounds 8.6million for late trains.