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Census-designated place

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What are census designated places?

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DATA GEMS:  What is a CDP? Making Sense of Census Geography

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Census Designated Place

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What is Place (United States Census Bureau)?, Explain Place (United States Census Bureau)

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List of census-designated places in Rhode Island

A census-designated place (CDP) is a concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterparts of incorporated places, such as self-governing cities, towns, and villages, for the purposes of gathering and correlating statistical data. CDPs are populated areas that generally include one officially designated but currently unincorporated small community, for which the CDP is named, plus surrounding inhabited countryside of varying dimensions and, occasionally, other, smaller unincorporated communities as well. CDPs include small rural communities, colonias located along the U.S. border with Mexico, and unincorporated resort and retirement communities and their environs.
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