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A New England City and Town Area or NECTA is a geographic and statistical entity defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use in describing aspects of the New England region of the United States. A NECTA is a region associated with a core urban area with a population of at least 10,000, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting and employment. NECTAs are analogous to Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) and are similarly classified as either metropolitan NECTAs (corresponding to Metropolitan Statistical Areas) or micropolitan NECTAs (corresponding to Micropolitan Statistical Areas). A micropolitan NECTA has an urban core with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 while a metropolitan NECTA has an urban core with a population of at least 50,000.

The principal difference between a CBSA and a NECTA is that NECTAs use New England towns as building blocks instead of counties. In the New England region, towns (which are classified by the United States Census Bureau as minor civil divisions) are a much more important level of government than counties. Because of the smaller geographic size of towns compared to counties, NECTAs are usually a much closer approximation to metropolitan areas in New England than metropolitan statistical areas.

Large NECTAs (with population greater than 2.5 million) may be subdivided into smaller groupings known as NECTA Divisions. Adjacent NECTAs that have a high degree of employment interchange may also be combined to form Combined NECTAS (or CNECTAs). NECTAs that are part of a CNECTA retain their separate identities.

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List of NECTAs

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Metropolitan NECTAs

Rank NECTA State(s) 2007 Pop 2000 Pop Δ Pop
1 BostonCambridgeQuincy MA-NH 4,597,610 4,503,683 +2.09%
2 ProvidenceFall RiverWarwick RI-MA 1,307,162 1,292,942 +1.10%
3 HartfordWest HartfordEast Hartford CT 1,098,301 1,059,878 +3.63%
4 BridgeportStamfordNorwalk CT 906,727 892,283 +1.62%
5 Springfield MA-CT 666,917 660,837 +0.92%
6 New Haven CT 583,447 571,310 +2.12%
7 Worcester MA-CT 563,777 539,828 +4.44%
8 PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford ME 350,825 333,624 +5.16%
9 NorwichNew London CT-RI 273,035 265,288 +2.92%
10 Barnstable Town MA 245,156 244,257 +0.37%
11 Waterbury CT 199,935 195,540 +2.25%
12 BurlingtonSouth Burlington VT 194,354 187,105 +3.87%
13 Manchester NH 187,398 176,663 +6.08%
14 New Bedford MA 170,341 170,161 +0.11%
15 Danbury CT 162,686 155,304 +4.75%
16 LeominsterFitchburgGardner MA 147,515 143,905 +2.51%
17 RochesterDover NH-ME 147,422 135,367 +8.91%
18 Bangor ME 129,263 124,906 +3.49%
19 LewistonAuburn ME 104,505 101,778 +2.68%
20 Portsmouth NH-ME 73,767 71,232 +3.67%
21 Pittsfield MA 70,425 73,297 -3.92%

Micropolitan NECTAs

By State

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The following is a list of metropolitan and micropolitan NECTAs as defined by the Office of Management and Budget. Definitions are as of December 2005.

Connecticut

  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Danbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Danielson, CT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • New Haven, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Norwich-New London, CT-RI Metropolitan NECTA
  • Torrington, CT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Waterbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Willimantic, CT Micropolitan NECTA

Maine

  • Augusta, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Bangor, ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Brunswick, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Lewiston-Auburn, ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Rockland, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Sanford, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Waterville, ME Micropolitan NECTA

Massachusetts

  • Amherst Center, MA Micropolitan NECTA
  • Athol, MA Micropolitan NECTA
  • Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA
    • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division
    • Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division
    • Framingham, MA NECTA Division
    • Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division
    • Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division
    • Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division
    • Peabody, MA NECTA Division
    • Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
    • Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division
  • Greenfield, MA Micropolitan NECTA
  • Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • New Bedford, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • North Adams, MA-VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Pittsfield, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • Springfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

New Hampshire

  • Berlin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Claremont, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Franklin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Laconia, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
  • Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

Rhode Island

  • Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA

Vermont

  • Barre, VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Bennington, VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Rutland, VT Micropolitan NECTA

List of CNECTAs

External links


A New England City and Town Area or NECTA is a geographic and statistical entity defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use in describing aspects of the New England region of the United States. A NECTA is a region associated with a core urban area with a population of at least 10,000, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting and employment. NECTAs are analogous to Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) and are similarly classified as either metropolitan NECTAs (corresponding to Metropolitan Statistical Areas) or micropolitan NECTAs (corresponding to Micropolitan Statistical Areas). A micropolitan NECTA has an urban core with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 while a metropolitan NECTA has an urban core with a population of at least 50,000.

The principal difference between a CBSA and a NECTA is that NECTAs use New England towns as building blocks instead of counties. In the New England region, towns (which are classified by the United States Census Bureau as minor civil divisions) are a much more important level of government than counties. Because of the smaller geographic size of towns compared to counties, NECTAs are usually a much closer approximation to metropolitan areas in New England than metropolitan statistical areas.

Large NECTAs (with population greater than 2.5 million) may be subdivided into smaller groupings known as NECTA Divisions. Adjacent NECTAs that have a high degree of employment interchange may also be combined to form Combined NECTAS (or CNECTAs). NECTAs that are part of a CNECTA retain their separate identities.

Contents

List of NECTAs

Table

Metropolitan NECTAs

Rank NECTA State(s) 2007 Pop 2000 Pop Δ Pop
1 BostonCambridgeQuincy MA-NH 4,597,610 4,503,683 +2.09%
2 ProvidenceFall RiverWarwick RI-MA 1,307,162 1,292,942 +1.10%
3 HartfordWest HartfordEast Hartford CT 1,098,301 1,059,878 +3.63%
4 BridgeportStamfordNorwalk CT 906,727 892,283 +1.62%
5 Springfield MA-CT 666,917 660,837 +0.92%
6 New Haven CT 583,447 571,310 +2.12%
7 Worcester MA-CT 563,777 539,828 +4.44%
8 PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford ME 350,825 333,624 +5.16%
9 NorwichNew London CT-RI 273,035 265,288 +2.92%
10 Barnstable Town MA 245,156 244,257 +0.37%
11 Waterbury CT 199,935 195,540 +2.25%
12 BurlingtonSouth Burlington VT 194,354 187,105 +3.87%
13 Manchester NH 187,398 176,663 +6.08%
14 New Bedford MA 170,341 170,161 +0.11%
15 Danbury CT 162,686 155,304 +4.75%
16 LeominsterFitchburgGardner MA 147,515 143,905 +2.51%
17 RochesterDover NH-ME 147,422 135,367 +8.91%
18 Bangor ME 129,263 124,906 +3.49%
19 LewistonAuburn ME 104,505 101,778 +2.68%
20 Portsmouth NH-ME 73,767 71,232 +3.67%
21 Pittsfield MA 70,425 73,297 -3.92%

Micropolitan NECTAs

By State

The following is a list of metropolitan and micropolitan NECTAs as defined by the Office of Management and Budget. Definitions are as of December 2005.

Connecticut

  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Danbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Danielson, CT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • New Haven, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Norwich-New London, CT-RI Metropolitan NECTA
  • Torrington, CT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Waterbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Willimantic, CT Micropolitan NECTA

Maine

  • Augusta, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Bangor, ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Brunswick, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Lewiston-Auburn, ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Rockland, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Sanford, ME Micropolitan NECTA
  • Waterville, ME Micropolitan NECTA

Massachusetts

  • Amherst Center, MA Micropolitan NECTA
  • Athol, MA Micropolitan NECTA
  • Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA
    • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division
    • Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division
    • Framingham, MA NECTA Division
    • Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division
    • Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division
    • Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division
    • Peabody, MA NECTA Division
    • Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
    • Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division
  • Greenfield, MA Micropolitan NECTA
  • Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • New Bedford, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • North Adams, MA-VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Pittsfield, MA Metropolitan NECTA
  • Springfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

New Hampshire

  • Berlin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Claremont, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Franklin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Laconia, NH Micropolitan NECTA
  • Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
  • Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
  • Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

Rhode Island

  • Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA

Vermont

  • Barre, VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Bennington, VT Micropolitan NECTA
  • Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA
  • Rutland, VT Micropolitan NECTA

List of CNECTAs

External links


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