The United States Census Bureau
defines the term place
as a concentration of population. The types of places defined by the Census Bureau are incorporated place
, such as a city
, and census designated place
(CDP), which resembles a city, town or village but lacks its own government. The concentration of population must have a name, be locally recognized, and not be part of any other place. Places typically have a residential nucleus, a closely spaced street pattern and frequently have commercial or other urban types of land use. Incorporated places are defined by the laws of the states that they are in. The Census Bureau designates criteria for delineating CDPs. A small settlement in the open countryside or the densely settled fringe of a large city may not be a place as defined by the Census Bureau. As of the 1990 Census, 26% of people in the United States did not live in places.
An incorporated place, under the Census Bureau's definition, is a type of governmental unit incorporated
law as a city, town (except the New England
states, New York
, and Wisconsin
in the New England states are governmental units on the same level as cities, but are not treated as such by the Census Bureau. In Wisconsin, town
are similar to the civil townships
of other states. In New York, town
have a status intermediate between those of Wisconsin and New England. borough (except in......