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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- They might not be New York City, but Logan and Saint George are now considered metropolitan areas by the federal government.
The distinction is part of a regular assessment the Office of Management and Budget takes to identify cities with large populations surrounded by communities wedded to them economically and socially.
Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo-Orem make up Utah's three previous metro areas.
Slightly revised standards at the federal level allowed Logan and Saint George to join the metro ranks.
These standards no longer require an urban core of 50-thousand people and a total metropolitan population of 100-thousand or more.
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