DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On Tuesday, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that it’s keeping its metropolitan population requirements the same, meaning Dothan will remain a metropolitan city.
According to a press release, the Standards Review Committee’s revised recommendation will maintain the Metropolitan Status Area (MSA) threshold of 50,000 citizens in order to meet the metropolitan status.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dothan’s population is estimated to be around 68,000.
This announcement comes after speculation that the MSA population requirement is to be raised to 100,000 citizens in a proposition by OMB after the 2020 Census. This proposition received pushback from multiple cities, and after a public comment period was held.
The OMB will review and make recommendations by the end of the next census.
Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba was happy to hear the news.
“Great news to be able to hear that it looks like we are going to be able to maintain our metro status because it is tied to so many different federal grants and CDBG funding and it just goes on and on and on,” Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba said.
Mayor Saliba said to lose metropolitan status would have been devastating.