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Situation & Outlook Report

Savannah, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area
(CBSA 42340)
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Contents of this Report
This document is organized into these sections:
1. Recent Trends & Outlook
2. Overview & Updates
3. Reference & Thematic Pattern Maps
3.1. Lay of the Land
3.2. Neighborhood Patterns of Economic Prosperity
4. Population Characteristics & Trends
4.1. Component City Characteristics
4.2. Component County Characteristics
4.2.1. RDEMS Component County Characteristics
4.3. General Demographic Characteristics
5. Housing Characteristics & Trends
5.1. Total Housing Units
5.2. General Housing Characteristics
5.3. Residential Construction; Housing Units Authorized & Value
5.4. Housing Price Index
6. Economic Characteristics & Trends
6.1. Economic Profile
6.2. Cost of Living Indexes
6.3. Cost of Doing Business Indexes
6.4. Consumer Price Index
6.5. Gross Domestic Product
6.6. Establishments, Employment & Earnings by Type of Business
6.7. Labor Market Characteristics & Trends
7. Education Infrastructure
7.1. Component School District Characteristics
7.2. Component Higher Education Institution Characteristics
8. GeoPolitics
  Terms of Use
  Related Resources
  Using this Document
  Updates
  About Metros & Principal Cities
  Glossary


1. Recent Trends & Outlook
Summary of recent business, demographic, economic trends; year-ahead & 5-year outlook.
- the Recent Trends & Outlook section, updated quarterly, covers topics about this metro such as .. assessing the implications of next jobs report .. impact of Fed''s interest rate action .. which sectors are expanding or contracting .. housing market conditions .. insights to help your planning and decision-making. The Recent Trends & Outlook section is available in the subscription edition.

2. Overview & Update
The total population of the Savannah, GA MSA metro changed from 348,751 in 2010 to 372,357 in 2015, a change of 30,448 (8.7%). Among all 917 metros, this metro was ranked number 147 in 2010 and 138 in 2015, based on total population. Annual net migration was 4,976 (2011), 3,806 (2012), 1,136 (2013), 4,331 (2014), 4,331 (2015). View annual population estimates and components of change table. See more about population characteristics below.

This metro is projected to have a total population in 2020 of 399,915. The projected population change from 2010 to 2020 is 51,072 (14.6%). The population ages 65 years and over is projected to change from 41,679 (2010) to 66,468 (2020), a change of 24,789 (59.5%). See more about population projections.

Based on per capita personal income (PCPI), this metro was ranked number 207 in 2008 and 299 in 2014. among the 917 metros for which personal income was estimated.The PCPI changed from $38,059 in 2008 to $40,599 in 2014, a change of $2,540 (6.7%). Per capita personal income (PCPI) is a comprehensive measure of individual economic well-being. Use the interactive table to compare PCPI in this metro to other metros. See more about PCPI in Economic Characteristics section below.

282 metropolitan statistical areas, of the total 381, experienced an increase in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between 2009 and 2014. This metro ranked number 142 among the 381 metros based on 2014 GDP. The GDP (millions of current dollars) changed from $13,238 in 2009 to $15,905 in 2014 a change of $2,667 (20.15%). Real GDP (millions of real, inflation adjusted, dollars) changed from $13,238 in 2009 to $14,445 in 2014, a change of $1,207 (9.12%). GDP is the most comprehensive measure of metro economic activity. GDP is the sum of the GDP originating in all industries in the metro. See more about GDP in Economic Characteristics section below.

Attributes of driil-down, small area geography within the metro ... metros account for 65,744 of the national scope 73,056 census tracts (others are in non-metro areas). This metro is comprised of 89 tracts covering the metro wall-to-wall. View, rank, compare demographic-economic attributes of these tracts using the interactive tables. Use the CBSA code 42340; see table usage details below the table.

3. Lay of the Land & Neighborhood Patterns of Economic Prosperity   go top

3.1. Lay of the Land go top
Lay of the Land. The following map shows the metro with bold boundary.
Counties are labeled with county name and state-county FIPS code.

 
  View developed with CV XE GIS software.   See this section to learn about making custom metro maps.

3.2. Patterns of Economic Prosperity by Neighborhood go top

Median household income by census tract (see color/data legend at left of map).

 
  View developed with CV XE GIS software.   See this section to learn about making custom metro maps.

4. Population Characteristics & Trends go top
Updated monthly, quarterly, annually. Housing market conditions and extended detail Available in subscription edition.

4.1. Component City Characteristics go top
Principal Cities (about principal cities); Click link to view city profile.
  •   Savannah

Cities 10,000 population and over; click link to view city profile.
  AreaCensus
2010
July 1
2010
July 1
2011
July 1
2012
July 1
2013
July 1
2014
Change
2010-14
%Change
2010-14
  Pooler, GA (1362104) 19,140 19,236 19,934 20,592 21,183 22,251 3,015 15.70
  Savannah, GA (1369000) 136,286 136,962 140,157 142,262 142,742 144,352 7,390 5.40

All places interactive tables General Demographics | Social | Economic | Housing
All places time series population estimates interactive table.

4.2. Component County Characteristics   go top
Updated periodically, annually. General demographics, social characteristics and extended detail Available in subscription edition.

Metropolitan areas are defined as one or more contiguous counties based on a set of demographic-economic criteria. Counties comprising the metro are shown below. For multi-county metros, this section provides insights into how the population is changing by county. Many metros changed geographic composition (counties included in the metro) between the Census 2010 vintage and the current vintage. These changes, if any, are also shown below (county is marked with **). See projections in related section.Click county code link to view county components of change.

  AreaJuly 1
2010
PctJuly 1
2011
PctJuly 1
2012
PctJuly 1
2013
PctJuly 1
2014
PctJuly 1
2015
Pct
Metro Summary ... more details 348,751 100.0 355,819 100.0 362,203 100.0 365,776 100.0 372,357 100.0 379,199 100.0
  Bryan County, GA (13029) 30,403 8.7 31,254 8.8 32,284 8.9 33,158 9.1 33,921 9.1 35,137 9.3
  Chatham County, GA (13051) 265,896 76.2 271,866 76.4 276,536 76.3 278,105 76.0 282,989 76.0 286,956 75.7
  Effingham County, GA (13103) 52,452 15.0 52,699 14.8 53,383 14.7 54,513 14.9 55,447 14.9 57,106 15.1

All counties interactive tables General Demographics | Social | Economic | Housing
All counties population estimates & components of change time series interactive table.

4.2.1. RDEMS County Characteristics
Updated quarterly. For more information, see RDEMS Main.
Links open HSG1 Housing & New Residential Construction section. Select other sections from list above table.
  Chatham County, GA

4.3. General Demographic Characteristics
Updated annually. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Total Population: Race/Origin 366,047 372,708 6,661 1.82
  One race 357,431 363,475 6,044 1.69
    White 223,866 218,492 -5,374 -2.40
    Black/African American 223,866 218,492 -5,374 -2.40
    American Indian/Alaska Native 1,248 739 -509 -40.79
    Asian alone 7,291 10,491 3,200 43.89
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 198 432 234 118.18
    Some other race alone 2,275 8,040 5,765 253.41
  Two or more races 8,616 9,233 617 7.16
  Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 18,774 20,834 2,060 10.97
Population 25 years and over 237,517 243,040 5,523 10.97
  % high school graduate or higher 88.5 89.3 0.8 0.90
  % bachelor's degree or higher 31.3 31.2 -0.1 -0.32
Total Households 132,260 135,708 3,448 -0.32
  Median household income ($) 48,958 51,809 2,851 5.82
  Mean household income ($) 66,772 68,497 1,725 2.58
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Total Population: Gender & Age 366,047 372,708 6,661 1.82
  Male 176,398 181,765 5,367 2.58
  Female 189,649 190,943 1,294 2.58
  Under 5 years 24,848 24,635 -213 2.58
  5 to 9 years 24,235 22,350 -1,885 -7.78
  10 to 14 years 25,216 25,999 783 3.11
  15 to 19 years 25,218 26,054 836 3.32
  20 to 24 years 29,013 30,630 1,617 5.57
  25 to 34 years 55,721 57,055 1,334 2.39
  35 to 44 years 46,531 46,204 -327 -0.70
  45 to 54 years 47,163 47,652 489 1.04
  55 to 59 years 22,039 25,521 3,482 15.80
  55 to 59 years 22,039 25,521 3,482 15.80
  60 to 64 years 20,080 18,913 -1,167 -5.81
  65 to 74 years 27,665 28,903 1,238 4.47
  75 to 84 years 12,830 12,560 -270 -2.10
  85 years and over 5,488 6,232 744 13.56
  Median age 34.8 34.9 0.1 0.29
  18 years and over 278,918 286,269 7,351 2.64
  21 years and over 260,107 266,764 6,657 2.56
  62 years and over 57,157 59,202 2,045 3.58
  65 years and over 45,983 47,695 1,712 3.72

5. Housing Characteristics & Trends go top
Updated monthly, quarterly, annually. Housing market conditions and extended detail Available in subscription edition.

5.1. Total Housing Units
Updated Annually. Independent annual model-based estimates. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  ItemCensus
2010
July 1
2010
July 1
2011
July 1
2012
July 1
2013
July 1
2014
Change
2010-2014
%Change
2010-2014
  Total Housing Units 151,049 151,351 152,251 153,494 154,667 156,057 4,706 3.11

5.2. General Housing Characteristics
Updated Annually. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Housing Units: Units in Structure 153,278 156,071 2,793 1.82
  1-unit, detached 97,921 102,774 4,853 4.96
  1-unit, attached 7,159 6,734 -425 -5.94
  2 units 5,448 4,686 -762 -13.99
  3 or 4 units 7,316 8,019 703 9.61
  5 to 9 units 11,196 8,601 -2,595 -23.18
  10 to 20 units 4,807 7,051 2,244 46.68
  20 or more units 6,569 7,035 466 7.09
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Housing Units: Occupancy & Tenure 153,278 156,071 2,793 1.82
  Occupied Housing Units 132,260 135,708 3,448 2.61
    Owner 77,371 79,916 2,545 3.29
    Renter 54,889 55,792 903 1.65
  Vacant Housing Units 21,018 20,363 -655 -3.12
  Homeowner vacancy rate 1.70 2.60 0.90...
  Rental vacancy rate 10.00 8.40 -1.60...
Average household size; owner-occ 2.75 2.75 0.00 0.00
Average household size; renter-occ 2.56 2.49 -0.07 -2.73
Median Value $ owner occupied 169,300 165,400 -3,900 -2.30
Median Rent $ renter occupied 903 939 36 3.99

5.3. Residential Construction; Housing Units Authorized & Value
Updated Monthly. 12 most recent months. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  ItemAug15Sep15Oct15Nov15Dec15Jan16Feb16Mar16Apr16May16Jun16Jul16
Total Residential Units 160 195 222 138 134 129 167 232 198 180 140 141
  in 1 unit bldgs 148 159 209 125 126 129 162 205 198 167 140 136
  in 2 unit bldgs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0
  in 3-4 unit bldgs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  in 5+ unit bldgs 12 36 13 13 8 0 5 27 0 5 0 5
  Bldgs with 5+ units 2 3 2 2 1 0 1 4 0 1 0 1
  Percent Coverage 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 81 81 81 81
Value ($000), Total Units 32,519 36,210 34,477 28,948 30,740 30,439 46,268 48,111 52,737 38,652 33,272 33,110
  1 unit structures 31,757 33,448 33,665 28,136 30,340 30,439 45,856 46,759 52,737 37,480 33,272 32,652
  2 unit structures 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 714 0 0
  3-4 unit structures 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  5+ unit structures 762 2,762 812 812 400 0 412 1,352 0 458 0 458

5.4. Housing Price Index go top
Updated quarterly. All transactions; not seasonally adjusted. See related Housing Price Index (HPI) interactive table.
See related 5-Digit ZIP Code HPI interactive table.

    Housing Price Index:2015Q32015Q42016Q12016Q22016Q3
    209.63 201.92 210.03 218.37 222.88
    Quarter-to-Quarter/Year Percent Change:2015Q3-2015Q42015Q4-2016Q12016Q1-2016Q22016Q2-2016Q32015Q3-2016Q3
  -3.68 4.02 3.97 2.07 6.32
6. Economic Characteristics & Trends go top

6.1. Economic Profile go top
The Economic Profile shows shows derivation and key components of total personal income. Data are organized by place of residence and place of work. The place of residence profile includes estimates of total personal income, population, and per capita personal income. The place of work profile includes estimates of total earnings, total employment and average earnings per job. Updated annually. See related interactive table.

  Item20112012201320142015Change
2011-2015
%Change
2011-2015
Personal income 14,056,032 14,197,949 14,487,971 15,082,333 15,894,135 1,838,103 13.1
  Net earnings 1/ 8,827,233 9,133,421 9,298,146 9,605,933 10,200,965 1,373,732 15.6
  Personal current transfer receipts 2,565,808 2,504,908 2,589,217 2,734,358 2,861,197 295,389 11.5
    Income maintenance 2/ 295,832 298,078 310,432 310,151 303,292 7,460 2.5
    Unemployment insurance compensation 87,562 68,615 46,919 20,182 15,755 -71,807 -82.0
    Retirement and other 2,182,414 2,138,215 2,231,866 2,404,025 2,542,150 359,736 16.5
  Dividends, interest, and rent 3/ 2,662,991 2,559,620 2,600,608 2,742,042 2,831,973 168,982 6.3
  Population 4/ 355,819 362,203 365,776 372,357 379,199 23,380 6.6
  Per capita personal income 39,503 39,199 39,609 40,505 41,915 2,412 6.1
  Per capita net earnings 24,808 25,216 25,420 25,798 26,901 2,093 8.4
  Per capita personal current transfer receipts 7,211 6,916 7,079 7,343 7,545 334 4.6
    Per capita income maintenance 831 823 849 833 800 -31 -3.7
    Per capita unemployment insurance compensation 246 189 128 54 42 -204 -82.9
    Per capita retirement and other 6,133 5,903 6,102 6,456 6,704 571 9.3
  Per capita dividends, interest, and rent 7,484 7,067 7,110 7,364 7,468 -16 -0.2
  Earnings by place of work 9,140,597 9,519,827 9,876,957 10,360,518 11,054,469 1,913,872 20.9
    Wages and salaries 6,781,101 7,026,728 7,277,415 7,659,628 8,188,839 1,407,738 20.8
    Supplements to wages and salaries 1,747,288 1,768,640 1,860,210 1,881,628 1,952,037 204,749 11.7
      Employer cont. for empl. pension & insur. funds 6/ 1,244,144 1,247,891 1,321,919 1,325,080 1,359,604 115,460 9.3
      Employer cont. for government social insurance 503,144 520,749 538,291 556,548 592,433 89,289 17.7
    Proprietors' income 612,208 724,459 739,332 819,262 913,593 301,385 49.2
      Nonfarm proprietors' income 2,528 6,727 7,048 4,234 6,002 3,474 137.4
      Farm proprietors' income 609,680 717,732 732,284 815,028 907,591 297,911 48.9
Total full-time and part-time employment 200,652 203,346 208,663 214,835 222,967 22,315 11.1
  Wage and salary jobs 162,673 165,180 169,535 173,938 180,774 18,101 11.1
  Number of proprietors 37,979 38,166 39,128 40,897 42,193 4,214 11.1
    Number of nonfarm proprietors 7/ 240 232 232 225 222 -18 -7.5
    Number of farm proprietors 37,739 37,934 38,896 40,672 41,971 4,232 11.2
Average earnings per job (dollars) 45,554 46,816 47,334 48,225 49,579 4,025 8.8
  Average wages and salaries 41,685 42,540 42,926 44,037 45,299 3,614 8.7
  Average nonfarm proprietors' income 16,155 18,921 18,827 20,039 21,624 5,469 33.9
Dollar items are in current dollars (not adjusted for inflation). Per capita items in dollars; other dollar items in thousands of dollars.
See related notes.

6.2. Cost of Living Indexes   go top
Updated periodically. Available in subscription edition.

6.3. Cost of Doing Business Indexes   go top
Updated periodically. Available in subscription edition.

6.4. Consumer Price Index   go top
Updated monthly. Available in subscription edition.

6.5. Gross Domestic Product by Sector   go top
Updated quarterly, annually. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table. Additional detail in subscription edition.
  Item200920102011201220132014Change
2009-14
%Change
2009-14
Gross Domestic Product, millions of current dollars 13,238 13,553 13,880 14,463 15,010 15,905 2,667 20.15
Real Gross Domestic Product, millions of real dollars 13,238 13,371 13,477 13,712 13,923 14,445 1,207 9.12

6.6. Establishments, Employment & Earnings by Detailed Type of Business go top
Updated quarterly. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  SectorEstablishments
2015Q1
Employment
2015Q1
Avg Weekly Wages
2015Q1
Establishments
2015Q2
Employment
2015Q2
Avg Weekly Wages
2015Q2
 Total, all industries 9,828 263,036 836 9,877 270,034 808
 Total, all industries - Fed Govt 87 4,652 1,367 87 4,760 1,296
 Total, all industries - St Govt 80 8,154 933 76 8,549 950
 Total, all industries - Local Govt 57 23,950 763 56 23,934 784
 Total, all industries - Private 9,604 226,280 829 9,658 232,792 795
    Goods-producing 1,063 38,576 1,513 1,083 39,372 1,369
      Natural resources and mining 45 394 754 46 398 744
      Construction 758 9,957 828 774 10,048 867
      Manufacturing 260 28,225 1,764 263 28,926 1,552
    Service-providing 8,541 187,704 689 8,575 193,419 678
      Trade, transportation & utilities 2,380 59,017 709 2,399 60,916 700
      Information 104 3,791 623 103 3,037 751
      Financial activities 1,083 9,645 1,028 1,104 9,850 949
      Professional & business services 1,579 27,896 728 1,623 28,280 746
      Education and health services 937 39,140 926 940 39,685 900
      Leisure and hospitality 1,186 39,390 345 1,201 42,607 346
      Other services 733 7,816 576 747 8,159 592
      Unclassified 539 1,009 693 458 885 707

Notes: cell value of '...' indicates value suppressed to maintain confidentiality.

Use the following links to access detailed establishment and employment data by type of business (CSV files).
  .. see notes on using these files.
  2013Q1 .. 2013Q2 .. 2013Q3 .. 2013Q4 .|. 2014Q1 .. 2014Q2 .. 2014Q3 .. 2014Q4 .|. 2015Q1 .. 2015Q2 .. 2015Q3 .. 2015Q4 .. 2016Q1 .. 2016Q2
 
6.7. Labor Market Characteristics & Trends go top
Updated monthly. Available in subscription edition.
For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
Table shows 13 most recent months.
  ItemAug15Sep15Oct15Nov15Dec15Jan16Feb16Mar16Apr16May16Jun16Jul16Aug16
Unemplymnt Rate 5.3 4.9 5.0 4.6 4.6 4.9 5.1 4.9 4.5 4.3 5.1 4.9 4.8
Unemployment 827 772 785 724 729 775 822 795 731 696 854 824 790
Employment 14,915 14,976 15,044 15,104 15,190 15,109 15,299 15,420 15,436 15,553 15,747 15,885 15,717
Labor Force15,74215,74815,82915,82815,91915,88416,12116,21516,16716,24916,60116,70916,507

7. Education Infrastructure   go top

7.1. Component School District Characteristics   go top
Districts in this metro. Updated periodically. See related School District interactive table.
District NameCity Name District
Code
Locale
Code
CountyState2012-13
Enrollment
2013 Total
Population
Grade Relevant
Pop Ages 5-17
Bryan CountyBlack Creek 13005702113029GA 8,000 33,157 7,181
Chatham CountySavannah 13010201213051GA 36,610 278,434 42,604
Effingham CountySpringfield 13019804113103GA 11,523 54,456 11,195

Number of districts: 3 ... Total enrollment: 56,133
All school districts interactive tables General Demographics | Social | Economic | Housing
All school districts enrollment & adminstratively reported data interactive table.

7.2. Component Higher Education Institution Characteristics   go top
2014-15 School Year. Extended detail Available in subscription edition.
  Institution City Name Code LevelTotal UG EnrollmentFulltime UG EnrollmentTotal Grad EnrollmentFulltime Grad Enrollment
Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah, GA1387899 6,346 4,701 748 327
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA1409517 9,092 7,570 2,255 1,554
Savannah State University Savannah, GA1409607 4,769 4,196 146 109
Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA1409424 4,644 1,520 0 0
South University-Savannah Savannah, GA1395799 764 592 726 543
South University‚??Savannah Online Savannah, GA4751219 8,833 8,833 2,689 2,670
Virginia College-Savannah Savannah, GA4753525 516 373 0 0

  Number of institutions: 7 ... Total undergraduate enrollment: 34,964
  Levels: 3-Assoc degree, 4-at least 2, but < 4 years, 5-Bach degree, 6-Postbacc cert, 7 Masters degree, 8 Post-masters cert, 9 Doctors degree

8. GeoPolitics   go top
Updated periodically. Voting patterns, citizen voting age population, state legislative districts, congressional districts .. in this metro.
Available in subscription edition.

Notes
  • All data are for current vintage county and metro definition.
  • Developed by ProximityOne -- Metro Reports (888-364-7656)
  • Data sources: ProximityOne, Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Housing Finance Agency,
    National Center for Education Statistics.

Updates go top
The subscription edition updates frequently. Selected items are listed below. Register to receive update notifications.
  • Overview lead narrative; quarterly & annual/March.
  • Housing Price Index (section 5.4) quarterly.
  • Establishments, employment & earnings (section 6.6) quarterly.
  • Economic profile and personal income (section 6.1) annual/November.
  • Labor market situation (section 6.7) monthly.
  • Residential construction; units authorized & value (section 5.3.) monthly.
  • Population by county; annual series 2010-2016 (section 4.2.) annual/July.
  • Population by county; links for individual counties (section 4.2.) annual/July.
      -- includes annual data 2010-2016.
      -- includes components of change; race/origin; single year of age; age group summaries.
  • Total population and components of change; annual/March.
  • Census tracts overview section; annual/December.
  • General Demographics section updated/extended; annual/December.
  • Gross Domestic Product section; annual/September.
  • Higher education institutions; annual/February.
  • Metro & county demographic component detailed annual estimates; annual/March.
  • School districts in metro & K-12 enrollment; annual/August.
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Related Resources go top
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  • Making Custom Metropolitan Area Maps
  • Rental Market Conditions by Metropolitan Area
  • Metro Gross Domestic Product
  • Housing Price Index
  • Establishments, Employment & Earnings
  • Regional Economic Information System
  • ACS 2014 1-year General Demographics ... Social Characteristics ... Economic Characteristics ... Housing Characteristics

Using this Document go top
The Situation & Outlook Report, a component of the Situation & Outlook, is a core ProximityOne information resource providing insights into characteristics and trends of counties, metropolitan areas, states and the U.S. The Report also provides a gateway to drill-down demographic, economic and business data for smaller geographic areas.

Metropolitan areas include approximately 94 percent of the U.S. population -- 85 percent in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and 9 percent in micropolitan statistical areas (MISAs).

About Metropolitan Areas & Principal Cities -- scroll section go top
Metropolitan Areas are designated by OMB ("Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas") based mainly on Census Bureau-sourced data. Metropolitan areas are defined as Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISA). MSAs and MISAs are also referred to a Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs). Contiguous CBSAs are defined as Combined Statistical Areas (CSA).

By definition, metropolitan areas are comprised of one or more contiguous counties. Metropolitan areas are not single cities and typically include many cities. Metropolitan areas are comprised of urban and rural areas and often have large expanses of rural territory. A business and demographic-economic synergy exists within each metro; metros often interact with adjacent metros. The demographic-economic make-up of metros vary widely and change often. See more about metros.

Principal Cities. The largest city in each metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area is designated a "principal city." Principal cities are designated by OMB based on Census-sourced data. Additional cities qualify as principal cities if specified requirements are met concerning population size and employment. The title of each metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area consists of the names of up to three of its principal cities and the name of each state into which the metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area extends. Titles of metropolitan divisions also typically are based on principal city names but in certain cases consist of county names.

One or more principal cities are designated within each Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Micropolitan Statistical Area (MISA). The term "principal city" is defined in the OMB "Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas." A principal city is an OMB designation applied to one or more incorporated places and/or census designated places (CDPs). The OMB standards designate a Principal City (or Cities) of a Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) as determined by:
  a) The largest incorporated place with a 2010 Census population of at least 10,000 in the CBSA or,
        if no incorporated place of at least 10,000 population is present in the CBSA,
        the largest incorporated place or census designated place in the CBSA; and
  b) Additional places with 2010 Census population of at least 250,000 or in which 100,000 or more persons work; and
  c) Additional places with 2010 Census population of 50,000-250,000,
        and number of workers working in the place meets or exceeds the number of workers living in the place; and
  d) Additional places with 2010 Census population of 10,000-50,000, and at least one-third the population size of the largest place,
        and in which the number of workers working in the place meets or exceeds the number of workers living in the place.

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