Chapter 7
What Has Been Learned?
America’s micropolitan cities may be broadly categorized into three types. e dis-
tinctions begin with their geography but spread to economic and social descriptors
as well. e first type includes those cities that are suburbs of much larger cities
and regions. e second grouping represents cities distant enough from larger cities
to serve as hubs for retail, medical, educational, cultural, and other needs for the
wider region. Generally speaking, it is safe to conclude that the greater the isolation
of the micropolitan community, the greater the emphasis needed on rail lines, road
networks, regional air service, and telecommunications infrastructure.
e final category includes those cities that are so isolated from other conurba-
tions that they must not only serve the greater region but must be almost totally
self-sufficient in doing so. I refer herein to these three groupings as suburban micro-
politans, hub micropolitans, and isolated micropolitans, respectively.
Micropolitan Cities by Type
Metropolitan Micropolitan Cities in the Study
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Clinton, Iowa
Covina, California
Culver City, California
Denison, Texas
Doral, Florida
Fremont, Nebraska
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Kokomo, Indiana
LaGrange, Georgia
Littleton, Colorado
Lompoc, California
Maryland Heights, Missouri
Moline, Illinois
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Naples, Florida
Ottumwa, Iowa
Paramus, New Jersey
Placentia, California
Plainfield, New Jersey
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Valparaiso, Indiana
Warren, Ohio
Watertown, Wisconsin
Winter Haven, Florida
Hub Micropolitan Cities in the Study
Adrian, Michigan
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Athens, Ohio
Bangor, Maine
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Beckley, West Virginia
Blytheville, Arkansas
Bowling Green, Ohio
Brigham City, Utah
Brookings, South Dakota
Burlington, Vermont
Carbondale, Illinois
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Chillicothe, Ohio
Clovis, New Mexico
Coeur dAlene, Idaho
Concord, New Hampshire
Cookeville, Tennessee
Danville, Virginia
Dodge City, Kansas
Douglas, Georgia
Durango, Colorado
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Elmira, New York
Findlay, Ohio
Galesburg, Illinois
Helena, Montana
Hutchinson, Kansas
Jamestown, New York
Jasper, Wyoming
Kearney, Nebraska
Kerrville, Texas
Kinston, North Carolina
Kokomo, Indiana
Laramie, Wyoming
Marshall, Texas
Marshalltown, Iowa
Martinsville, Virginia
Mason City, Iowa
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Meridian, Mississippi
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Newberry, South Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Nogales, Arizona
Owatonna, Minnesota
Paducah, Kentucky
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Portsmouth, Ohio
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Poughkeepsie, New York
Pullman, Washington
Quincy, Illinois
Rolla, Missouri
Ruston, Louisiana
Salina, Kansas
San Louis Obispo, California
Sedalia, Missouri
Selma, Alabama
Shelby, North Carolina
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Staunton-Waynesboro, Virginia
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Tifton, Georgia
Tupelo, Mississippi
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Twin Falls, Idaho
Uvalde, Texas
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Wilson, North Carolina
Winona, Minnesota
Wooster, Ohio
Yankton, South Dakota
Zanesville, Ohio
Isolated Micropolitan Cities in the Study
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Bangor, Maine
Blackfoot, Idaho
Bozeman, Montana
Elko, Nevada
Eureka, California
Hays, Kansas
Hobbs, New Mexico
Lufkin, Texas
Marquette, Michigan
Mason City, Iowa
Minot, North Dakota
Murray, Kentucky
Muskegon, Michigan
Picayune, Mississippi
Plattsburgh, New York
Quincy, Illinois
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Texarkana, Texas
Twin Falls, Idaho
Walla Walla, Washington
Economies in each of these types of micropolitan communities can be success-
ful (or not) if the basis for local tax revenue generation—and thus, the provision of
public services—is consistent with the type of community and the state in which
it is located. is is difficult to accomplish for state legislators in states that may
have micropolitan cities of more than one type, therefore with more than one type
of economic or financial need. More important, many of the mayors of micropoli-
tan communities who were interviewed indicated that state policy-making was not
overly concerned with the needs of smaller communities or those that produced
less of the types of tax revenue from which the states themselves provide services.

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