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NHATS Releases Metro/Nonmetro Residence Indicator

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) has developed an indicator for metro/nonmetro place of residence available to users registered for the NHATS public files. 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 available for SPs in rounds 1 to 4 and can be downloaded at

A restricted file with Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCC) is available for qualified researchers. This file links the SP's county of residence to the Rural-Urban Continuum Codes as described at. Information on how to apply for NHATS Restricted data can be found at