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Frontier and Remote Area Codes

Metadata Updated: January 3, 2024

Frontier and Remote Area (FAR) codes provide a statistically-based, nationally-consistent, and adjustable definition of territory in the U.S. characterized by low population density and high geographic remoteness.

To assist in providing policy-relevant information about conditions in sparsely settled, remote areas of the U.S. to public officials, researchers, and the general public, ERS has developed ZIP-code-level frontier and remote (FAR) area codes. The aim is not to provide a single definition. Instead, it is to meet the demand for a delineation that is both geographically detailed and adjustable within reasonable ranges, in order to be usefully applied in diverse research and policy contexts. This initial set, based on urban-rural data from the 2000 decennial census, provides four separate FAR definition levels, ranging from one that is relatively inclusive (18 million FAR residents) to one that is more restrictive (4.8 million FAR residents).

Access & Use Information

Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: Creative Commons CCZero

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Dates

Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 3, 2024

Metadata Source

Harvested from USDA JSON

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 3, 2024
Publisher Economic Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Maintainer
Identifier USDA-ERS-00070
Data First Published 2019-08-20
Data Last Modified 2019-08-20
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 005:13
Metadata Context https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema/catalog.jsonld
Schema Version https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema
Catalog Describedby https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema/catalog.json
Data Dictionary https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/frontier-and-remote-area-codes/documentation/
Harvest Object Id 006fb652-9f48-4ac0-ac99-a0177186fe21
Harvest Source Id d3fafa34-0cb9-48f1-ab1d-5b5fdc783806
Harvest Source Title USDA JSON
License https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Old Spatial United States
Program Code 005:041
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 46fdefef064c9e7d0cca29b6ef661dd2ee4751b286f509c2ed6cfd87e9b8db95
Source Schema Version 1.1
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