DEFINITION of 'ABCD Counties'

Categories of U.S. counties devised by AC Nielsen Company that are based on U.S. Census Bureau population data and proximity to major metropolitan areas. A counties are the largest U.S. counties by population, and D counties are the smallest. Counties are classified on the basis of data from the latest census, which takes place every 10 years. The county classification is used by marketing and advertising agencies, and advertisers in the preparation and analysis of advertising and media plans.

BREAKING DOWN 'ABCD Counties'

A counties are classified as any county located in the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, which will be the highest density. B counties are considered any county that is not an A county and has a population exceeding 150,000 or is part of a metropolitan area with a population over 150,000. C counties are seen as any county that is not classified as an A or B county, and has a population between 40,000 and 150,000. D counties are any county that not classified as an A, B or C county.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Recording Fee

    The fee charged by a government agency for registering or recording ...
  2. Bond Covenant

    A legally binding term of an agreement between a bond issuer ...
  3. Shotgun Wedding

    A forced union of two companies or two jurisdictions that otherwise ...
  4. S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes

    A group of indexes that tracks changes in home prices throughout ...
  5. Mello-Roos

    In the U.S., a form of financing that can be used by cities, ...
  6. Mill Levy

    The assessed property tax rate used by local governments and ...
Related Articles
  1. Personal Finance

    Where Americans With the Best and Worst Credit Scores Live

    Mississippi and Georgia have a high percentage of people with poor credit scores, while North Dakota has the lowest
  2. Managing Wealth

    The 5 Most Expensive Places To Buy A Home

    Find out what makes these areas so desirable to live in despite the high costs of real estate.
  3. Retirement

    Florida Retirement Hub The Villages is the Fastest Growing U.S. Metro

    Fatstest growing metros have significant chunks of retirees in their population.
  4. Investing

    Explaining Devaluation

    Devaluation is the deliberate decrease in one county’s currency relative to the currency of other countries.
  5. Insights

    The Republicans’ Commie Convention Hotel

    That’s right—the party of free enterprise is going to be partying up in a hotel owned by the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County.
  6. Financial Advisor

    How to Find the Best Bets in Muni Bonds

    Approach investing in municipal bonds the same as you would investing in stocks.
  7. Taxes

    Understanding Taxation

    Taxation refers to the act of a taxing authority levying tax, typically a government – federal, state, county or city – collecting revenue from citizens.
  8. Investing

    How Property Taxes Are Calculated

    Property taxes are calculated through use of the mill levy and the assessed property values.
  9. Retirement

    Consider the Costs of Your Retirement Location

    Where you officially call home can make a difference in your retirement lifestyle, as it impacts your taxes and other cost of living factors.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What area of the consumer price index (CPI) should I use if there is no CPI for the ...

    Learn what data is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and how to use the various Consumer Price Index data sets ... Read Answer >>
  2. How are real estate taxes calculated?

    Find out how real estate taxes are calculated; failure to pay these taxes that can be a substantial annual expense can lead ... Read Answer >>
  3. What can demographics tell us about present and future consumption trends and economic ...

    Learn what demographics reveals about present and future consumption trends and economic cycles. Demographics is the study ... Read Answer >>
  4. What countries are driving most of the growth of the Internet sector?

    Learn which countries are expected to lead the growth of the Internet sector in the short term. Most of the growth comes ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. AAA

    The highest possible rating assigned to the bonds of an issuer by credit rating agencies. An issuer that is rated AAA has ...
  2. Backward Integration

    A form of vertical integration that involves the purchase of suppliers. Companies will pursue backward integration when it ...
  3. Pari-passu

    A Latin phrase meaning "equal footing" that describes situations where two or more assets, securities, creditors or obligations ...
  4. Interest Rate Swap

    An agreement between two parties (known as counterparties) where one stream of future interest payments is exchanged for ...
  5. Custodian

    A financial institution that holds customers' securities for safekeeping so as to minimize the risk of their theft or loss. ...
  6. Supply Chain

    The network created amongst different companies producing, handling and/or distributing a specific product. Specifically, ...
Trading Center