According to a new study, Tullahoma ranks third in the state for “Micropolitan” areas due to its economic strength. The study recognizes communities that have consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time. “Micropolitan” areas, according to the 2000 Census, are too rural to be considered urban and too urban to be considered rural. The Tullahoma “Micropolitan” Area ranks 134th out of 576 in the nation for 2012, which is up from 148th in 2011. The city has ranked as high as 44th in the nation in years prior and is behind Harriman (85th) and Cookeville (116th) in the state of Tennessee.