New stat book ranks Lebanon
The Lebanon area ranks average or better in seven quality-of-life categories, according to a new book released this week.
The local ratings are featured in “Micropolitan America: A Statistical Guide to Small Cities Across the Nation,” written by G. Scott Thomas and published by Niawanda Books.
Thomas has analyzed an array of current statistics for Lebanon and the rest of the country’s 551 micropolitan areas. Federal guidelines require a city’s population to be between 10,000 and 49,999 to earn the micropolitan designation, which is a step lower in size than a metropolitan area.
Thomas’s book contains a detailed statistical profile of Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanon, MO, micropolitan area, which encompasses all of Laclede County.
According to Thomas, the raw statistics are the latest figures available from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“I used those figures to calculate the various percentages, rates, and ratios in the book,” Thomas said in an email to the Daily Record. “All of the stats, by the way, are for the full micropolitan area, not just the central city. That means, in your case, that the figures cover all of Laclede County, not just the city of Lebanon."
For more on this story, see the print edition of Monday's Lebanon Daily Record or the e-Edition.