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Federal Urban Areas

Small Urban:

An urban place is designated by the U. S. Bureau of the Census as having a population of 5,000 or more not contained within any urbanized area. There are presently sixteen small federal urban areas in Maine:

Augusta, Bath, Belfast, Brunswick, Caribou, Gardiner, Houlton, Millinocket, Presque Isle, Rockland, Rumford, Sanford, Skowhegan, Topsham, Waterville and Winslow.

Urbanized:

A continuous urban area is designated by the U. S. Bureau of the Census as having a population of 50,000 or more. There are presently four urbanized areas in Maine:

1. Bangor-Brewer Area Comprehensive Transportation Study (BACTS), which includes Bangor, Brewer, parts of Hampden, Old Town, Orono and Veazie.

2. Kittery Area Comprehensive Transportation Study (KACTS), which includes parts of Berwick, Eliot, Lebanon, Kittery, and South Berwick (tied in with the Portsmouth, Dover and Rochester N.H. area).

3. Lewiston-Auburn Area Comprehensive Transportation Study (LACTS), now named Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center (ATRC), which includes Auburn, Lewiston, Lisbon, and parts of Sabattus.

4. Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Study (PACTS), which includes Cape Elizabeth, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, and parts of Biddeford, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, North Yarmouth, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Scarborough, Windham, and Yarmouth.

Federal Urban Areas vs State Urban Compact Areas:  

In comparing federal urban areas (FUA) in Maine to state urban compact areas, there are different criteria that define the boundaries of eac. All of the above-mentioned FUA's are also state urban compact areas except for the following towns which are NOT state urban compact areas: Berwick, Cumberland, Eliot, Hampden, Lebanon, North Yarmouth, Sabattus, South Berwick, and Veazie.

 

This page last updated on 6/27/13