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Central Distributor SEDD: Description of Data Elements

PL_UR_CAT5 - Patient Location: Urban-Rural 5 Categories
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

PL_UR_CAT5 (five category urban-rural designation) is a simplified, five category adaptation of the 2003 version of the Urban Influence Codes (UIC). The 12 categories of the UIC are combined into five broader categories that differentiate between large and small metropolitan, micropolitan, and a non-urban residual. The non-urban group is further subdivided between those adjacent to a metropolitan or micropolitan area, and those that are isolated from urban influences.

Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
PL_UR_CAT5Patient Location: Urban-Rural 5 Categories1Large metropolitan areas with at least 1 million residents
2Small metropolitan areas with less than 1 million residents
3Micropolitan areas
4Non-urban areas adjacent to a metropolitan or micropolitan area
5Non-urban areas, not adjacent to a metropolitan or micropolitan area
State Specific Notes


This data element was discontinued in 2007.


Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SEDD Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). September 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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