Talk:Baywood-Los Osos, California

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Unincorporated Area vs. "Census-designated place"[edit]

I've said this before on other talk pages of unincorporated areas, but I disagree with the usage of "census-designated place" as the title or identifier of any settlement, regardless of size or status. No one ever says "I live in the census-designated place" of X. Since under California law there are only incorporated cities and unincorporated areas, the usage of terms like town or village would be inappropriate, so if something is not an incorporated city, we should refer to it as an unincorporated x, where x can be area, community, town, or whatever--we don't need to split hairs over that, as long as the word unincorporated is used. However, I think any use of "census-designated place" is inappropriate unless we're actually talking about Census data. I feel like other editors may be getting too hung-up on the bean-counting technicalities being produced by the US Census Bureau when it comes to placenames (on which, by the way, the Census Bureau is not the authority anyway--that rests with local government, and where that fails, with the United States Board on Geographic Names).

Things were especially confused on this article, since, before I changed it, the lead appeared to talk about Baywood-Los Osos as if its whole existence had hinged upon it being a combined CDP, and when that went away for the 2010 Census, everything was referred to as "the former" CDP of Baywood-Los Osos. This seemed a bit silly to me, since the community is still there and still referred to by this combined name. Darkest tree (talk) 19:31, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Regarding the nomenclature, this is absolutely true. But we need SOURCES, darn it! GeorgeLouis (talk) 07:26, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

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