Core Based Statistical Areas - CBSA boundaries

The Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) data set is developed from definitions issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). CBSAs represent a core area containing a substantial population with adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration within that core.

Core Based Statistical Areas provides the geographic boundaries and point information for more than 900 statistical regions defined by the Office of Management and Budget. A CBSA represents a highly populated core area and adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration with the core. CBSAs consist of counties and county equivalents, and are defined in two categories: Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).


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Benefits

  • Provides nationally consistent geographic boundary definitions for collection, tabulation and publication of federal statistics and content
  • Enables organizations to assess needs and implement business decisions at a local, geographic scale
  • Allows organizations to locate customers and assets and view associated patterns and trends when combined with complementary data

Content

  • CBSA boundary data
  • CBSA point (inventory) data
  • Corresponding file relates CBSAs to State, County, and Minor Civil Division (MCD)
  • New England City and Town Area (NECTA) data
  • Total area in square miles

Features

  • CBSA boundary data
  • CBSA point (inventory) data
  • Correspondence file relating CBSAs to State, County, and Minor Civil Division (MCD)
  • New England City and Town Area (NECTA) data
  • Total area in square miles

Coverage details

  • Coverage: 50 States, DC and Puerto Rico
  • Release Schedule: Annually
  • Unit of Sale: Nation