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ISSUE Current  Proposed by Kodiak Rural Roundtable
POPULATION THRESHOLD Under 2,500 = Rural
2,500 to 7,000 = Rural or Non-Rural depending on Rural Characteristics
Over 7,000 = Non-Rural unless significant Rural Characteristics
No suggested change to Population Threshold Number, AND emphasis that Population should never be the only factor determination Rural Status
RURAL CHARACTERISTICS (1)  Use of fish and wildlife
(2)  Development & diveristy of economy
(3)  Community infrastructure
(4) Transportation
(5)  Educational institutions
Add “Geographic Remoteness” as characteristic
Align characteristics with Alaska Rural Characteristics:
(1)  Social and economic structure of the area
(2)  Economic stability in the area
(3)  Employment information for the area
(4)  Cash income information for the area
(5)  Costs of goods and services in the area
(6)  Variety of species used in the area
(7)  Seasonality of the economy in the area
(8)  How many area residents participate in harvest
(9)  Harvest levels by area residents
(10) Values associated with harvest
(11)  Areas of harvest
(12)  Extent of sharing by area residents
AGGREGATION OF COMMUNITIES (1)  30% or more working people commute between communities
(2)  Shared common high school attendance area
(3)  Communities in proximity and connected by road
Aggregation should only apply in relation to urban areas (Anchorage and Fairbanks), and not be used to combine rural community populations and increase population totals in order to deem them Non-Rural
TIMELINES 10 year review cycle, or out-of-cycle in special circumstances No alternative timeline suggested, AND emphasis that Review should only occur if U.S. Census data shows significant change in population
INFORMATION SOURCES U.S. Census data, as updated by Alaska Department of Labor No additional sources suggested
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