Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau redefined what it considers "urban," and, as a consequence, 1,140 small cities, towns, and villages shifted from being classified as "urban" to being classified as "rural." Previously, a municipality with the population of 2,500 or more was considered "urban." The new criteria raised the population threshold from 2,500 to 5,000. The distinction between "urban" and "rural" matters because it affects the types of federal funding available to a municipality.
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With a current population of 5,898 (in 2021), Hudson still qualifies as "urban," but not by much. Between 2010 and 2020, the population of Hudson went from 6,718 to 5,894--a difference of 824.
This report from PBS News Hour provides more information about the Census Bureau's modifications and their impact: "U.S. Census Bureau redefines the meaning of urban areas in America."
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