Monthly Archives: March 2021

OMB Considers Changes to Metro Standards & Designations

.. OMB is now considering important changes to the Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs: MSAs & MISAs) criteria/standards to take effect in mid 2023. By changing the minimum criteria to be designated as an MSA, the MSA would need to include at least one Urbanized Area (UA) of 100,000 population or more. Based on 2019 UA population estimates, the modified standards could impact the MSA status of 144 current MSAs, potentially reducing the number of MSAs from 392 to 248 (these numbers will vary some, an order of magnitude). The number MISAs would increase. See more information about the proposed CBSA2020 standards. The importance of having an “MSA status” will potentially increase. Funding programs tied to CBSA status could affect some CBSAs. Some Federal compliance programs that use CBSA status or data would be impacted.  The final day to comment on the proposed changes is March 19, 2021. See more about CBSAs/Metros and data access/analytics at 

The following graphic shows the Census 2010 Urbanized Areas having 2019 population of 100,000 or more (orange fille pattern) in context of September 2018 MSAs (blue fill pattern). Blue MSAs with no orange UAs may be removed from the OMB MSA list. Click graphic for larger view. Expand browser window to full window for best quality view.

How MSA Status Might Change under the Proposed CBSA2020 Standards

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