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Metro/Nonmetro Residence Indicators Updated

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) indicator of metro/nonmetro place of residence has been updated to include round 6. All registered NHATS users may download a public use file indicating whether a Sampled Person (SP) was residing in a metropolitan or non-metropolitan county (based on Rural-Urban Continuum Codes) at the time of interview or during the last month of life for those with last month of life interviews. The file is now available for SPs in rounds 1 to 6 and can be downloaded at

A restricted file with Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCC) for rounds 1 through 6 is also available for qualified researchers. Information on how to apply for NHATS Restricted data can be found at