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The Fourth District in Focus

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The Fourth District is an unwieldy entity, composed of 169 counties in four states, but its composition is important for understanding its evolving economy. New figures indicate that the District’s population now stands at 16.6 million, 13.4 million of whom live in counties that the Census Bureau classifies as part of a metropolitan statistical area (17 MSAs are located at least partly in the District). Only 68 of 169 counties (40%) are located in MSAs, yet they account for 81% of the District’s population, 83% of its labor force, and 85% of its income.

Suggested citation: "The Fourth District in Focus," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 01-04, pp. 14-15, 04.01.2001.

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