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Common Core of Data (CCD) Locale Code

Locale Code is a variable that NCES has created for general description, sampling, and other statistical purposes. It is based upon the location of school buildings, and in some cases may not reflect the entire attendance area or residences of enrolled students. The designation of each school’s "locale" is based on its geographic location and population attributes such as density. School locale codes are coded by Census from school addresses in CCD files. The classifications are:

  1. Large City: A central city of a Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) or Consolidated Statistical Area (CSA), with the city having a population greater than or equal to 250,000.
  2. Mid-size City: A central city of a CBSA or CSA, with the city having a population less than 250,000.
  3. Urban Fringe of a Large City: Any incorporated place, Census designated place, or non-place territory within a CBSA or CSA of a Large City and defined as urban by the Census Bureau.
  4. Urban Fringe of a Mid-size City: Any incorporated place, Census designated place, or non-place territory within a CBSA or CSA of a Mid-size City and defined as urban by the Census Bureau.
  5. Large Town: An incorporated place or Census designated place with a population greater than or equal to 25,000 and located outside a CBSA or CSA.
  6. Small Town: An incorporated place or Census designated place with population less than 25,000 and greater than or equal to 2,500 and located outside a CBSA or CSA.
  7. Rural, outside CBSA: Any incorporated place, Census designated place, or non-place territory not within a CBSA or CSA of a Large or Mid-size City and defined as rural by the Census Bureau.
  8. Rural, inside CBSA: Any incorporated place, Census designated place, or non-place territory within a CBSA or CSA of a Large or Mid-size City and defined as rural by the Census Bureau.

USDOE’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) locator system

Last Updated: September 15, 2010