ERS 1989 REVISED COUNTY TYPOLOGY
The Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA, has developed a rural
typology that provides a way to identify geographically groups of U.S.
nonmetropolitan counties sharing important economic and policy traits.
The typology classifies counties designated as nonmetro in 1993 into
one of six nonoverlapping economic types: farming-dependent, mining-
dependent, manufacturing-dependent, government-dependent, services-
dependent, and nonspecialized. Counties, as appropriate, are also
classified into five overlapping policy types: retirement-destination,
Federal lands, commuting, persistent poverty, and transfers-dependent.
Tables containing the county classification codes along with descriptive
profiles of the different county types are now available by state via
Internet/Bitnet and ERS AutoFAX.
Further information on how to retrieve specific state tables
electronically via Internet/Bitnet can be obtained by sending an E-Mail
message to LISTSERV@ERS.BITNET with the following single line in the
body of the message:
GET TYP89 INFO F=MAIL
The typology informational document will be returned to your E-Mail
address. If you encounter problems, you may need to send your E-Mail
message through an alternate route, try:
The equivalent informational document may also be obtained by dialing
the ERS AutoFAX machine at 202-219-1107 and requesting information
directory document number 5600.
If you have any questions regarding the use of these services please
Peggy J. Cook Karen L. Mizer
202-219-0095 or 202-219-0596