What is an MSA code in US? Meaning of MSA, microMSA and else

Abbreviation MSA means a metropolitan statistical area, which is needed for grouping counties and cities into specific geographic areas. It helps for population censuses and compilations of related statistical data, but can be founded in other spheres too.

What is an MSA number or code?

MSA is new name of SMSA (standard metropolitan statistical area), which was established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). MSA code provides an opportunity to count them i.e  to identify each region that consists of a city and surrounding communities linked by social and economic factors. Now it looks like 5-digit combination.

What is included in MSA?

MSA can include a city and its suburbs together with surrounding communities. The main requirement is that they must be closely connected to the city (socially and/or economically).

How many MSA are there in the US?

There are 384 metropolitan statistical areas on the territory of United States.

MSA and CBSA — what’s difference?

MSA and CBSA are not the same. The difference between them is their sizes. To qualify as an MSA the largest urban area of CBSA must have a population of at least 50,000. If it is not, CBSAs are qualified as micropolitan statistical areas.

What is a micro MSA?

You can also meet with such a term as μSA what spells like microSA or micro MSA. This category was defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as group of locations where a population is from 10,000 up to 50,000 people. Micropolitan statistical areas are thosr labor market and statistical areas in the United States which centered on urban area only.

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