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Metropolitan Areas: Assessing Competitive Position and Change
-- examining the largest & fastest growing 2013 metro areas

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  Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSA
  • 2013 green boundary
  • 2010 black boundary/hatch pattern
  • state blue boundary; counties labeled





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Examining Neighborhood Change

This section provides a summary of the largest and fastest growing 2013 officially realigned U.S. metropolitan areas based on February 28, 2013 OMB metropolitan area designations. See classification details below. Use the interactive tools in this section to flexibly examine metros by type and state. View metros of interest by county components and how each county contributes to the make-up and change for specific metros.

Analyzing Metro Characteristics, Patterns & Trends: Web Session
Join us in the metro area focused one hour no fee Web session. Accessing, integrating and using multi-sourced data.

Households by Computer Use & Internet Access -- by Metro
New September 2014 ...
  • Among the largest metros in 2013, metro total households having broadband Internet access
      ranged from 29.5% (Gallup, NM MISA) to 86.0% (San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA MSA).
  • Interactive table & details: http://proximityone.com/computer_use.htm
      

Making Custom Metropolitan Area Maps
New July 2014 -- use these no fee GIS resources; make custom metro area maps
    - one/any metro, all metros; create views adding your own data; link with other geography
      

Metro by County Demographic Composition Profiles Extended
New June 2014 -- annual population estimates 2010-2013 and change
    - click link for metro of interest in interactive table below

National/State/Metro Quarterly Housing Price Index Updates
New June 2014 -- data for 2014Q1 and quarterly trends
    - interactive ranking table -- http://proximityone.com/hpi.htm
      

Rental Market Conditions by State & Metropolitan Area; 2014 Update
New May 2014 -- http://proximityone.com/metro_rentalmarket_2014.htm
    - U.S., states and metros -- interactive housing market characteristics table
      

Metro & State Real Per Capita Personal Income; 2008-12
New April 2014 -- http://proximityone.com/metro_rppi.htm
    - interactive table -- view/query/rank/compare
    - ready-to-use GIS resources -- click graphic for larger view & details
      

New Metro & County Population Estimates & Components of Change
New March 2014 -- Metro & County Demographic Trends
    - latest official estimates; annual data 2010 forward
    - interactive table -- view/query/rank/compare
    - ready-to-use GIS resources -- click graphic for larger view & details
      

Principal Cities of Metropolitan Areas
New February 2014 -- based on ACS 2012 5-year estimates; estimates centric to 2010
    - Principal Cities
Interactive city/place demographic-economic tables; include all cities/places
... principal city records/rows include CBSA/metro code
    - General Demographics
    - Social Characteristics
    - Economic Characteristics
    - Housing Characteristics

State-Metro-County Demographic-Economic Interactive Tables
New February 2014 -- based on ACS 2012 5-year estimates; estimates centric to 2010
-- includes all counties (metro & non-metro); examine any metro and its component counties
    - General Demographics
    - Social Characteristics
    - Economic Characteristics
    - Housing Characteristics

State & Metro Demographic-Economic Interactive Tables
New January 2014 -- based on ACS 2012 1-year estimates; estimates centric to 2012
-- most recent metro estimates (will update Sept. 2014); do not include county breakouts
    - General Demographics
    - Social Characteristics
    - Economic Characteristics
    - Housing Characteristics

Regional Economic Information System Updates, new November 2013. Use the interactive table (http://proximityone.com/reis13.htm) to find out personal income and personal income components in counties and metros of interest compare to one another -- based on 2013 vintage metros. Click links below to view sample REIS profile spreadsheets for Harris County, TX and the Houston MSA for 2011 and 2012.
  • Personal income, per capita personal income, and population -- CA1-3
  • Personal income summary -- CA04
  • Personal income and earnings by industry -- CA05N
  • Compensation of employees by industry -- CA06N
  • Economic profiles -- CA30
  • Gross flow of earnings -- CA91
See more about these data contextually with other demographic-economic measures Houston Metro.

Metro GDP Updates, new September 2013. Use the interactive table (http://proximityone.com/metrogdp.htm) to find out how metros of interest compare to one another and how current-dollar and real GDP have changed over the period 2009 to 2012 -- based on 2013 vintage metros.

ACS 2012 Demographic-Economic Updates, new September 2013. Use the interactive table (http://proximityone.com/metro_acs12.htm) to examine demographic-economic patterns based on the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 2012 1-year estimates (these data based on 2009/10 vintage metros).

Create custom 2013 metro map views. Examine your geography/patterns of interest in context of one or all metros. No fee, no registration. See examples; get started.

Examining Long-term Change. The U.S. population ages 65 and over is expected to more than double between now and 2060, from 43.5 million to 92.0 million (interactive table). How will this population, and other age groups, be distributed by state and metro? Find out more about this topic and related demographic-economic trends. Join us in a one-hour Web session -- register here.

About 2013 Metros. The 2013 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). Of 3,143 counties in the United States, 1,167 are in the 381 MSAs in the U.S. and 641 counties are in the 536 MISAs (1,335 counties are in non-metro areas).

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 makeup of metros vary widely and change often.

ProximityOne 2013 metro resources include:
  • new 2013 metro shapefiles for mapping and geospatial applications
  • ProximityOne estimates & projections; Outlook 2018 | Outlook 2030 | Outlook 2060 | Quarterly 3 year
  • integrated multi-sourced Situation & Outlook demographic-economic data
  • extended ranking and equivalence tables making use of the 2013 metros

Use the interactive table shown below to examine attributes of the 2013 vintage metropolitan areas. Click a link in the table below to view county components and more details about a metro. Additional attributes will be added in the near future.

Changing Metro Structures Reflect Demographic Dynamics
The map at right shows different metro vintages for the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSA. Click the link in the table to view a profile for this metro. The profile shows the addition of five counties relative to the Census 2010 vintage. The Census 2010 population of the 2013 vintage metro is 2,217,012 (25th largest) compared to 1,758,038 (33rd largest) based on the 2010 vintage of the metro. The Charlotte metro ranks 24th in population (2,296,569) among 2013 vintage metros based on the 2012 estimate. Several metros have 2012 population of similar size including: San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR, Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA with others quite close. See in interactive ranking table. See Census 2000 and Census 2010 population for Census 2010 vintage metros at http://proximityone.com/metros0010.htm.

2013 Vintage Metropolitan Areas; Population: Census 2000, Census 2010, Estimates to 2012
  Table initially sorted descending based on 2012 population estimate.
  Click column header to sort; again to sort other direction. Usage notes below table.
  See related Ranking Tables Main Page


Usage Notes
  • Click ShowAll between queries/filters.
  • Use left-most column to select by primary state of metro.
  • Select Type = MISA for Micropolitan Statistical Area.
  • Select Type = MSA for Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Column Headers
  • State -- USPS state abbreviation; first state that appears CBSA (Core-Based Statistical Area) name
      all rows and data in table are for total CBSA whether in multiple states or only one
  • Pop2000 -- Census 2000 (4/1/2000) with counties defined as of 2013 vintage metros
  • Pop2010 -- Census 2010 (4/1/2010) with counties defined as of 2013 vintage metros
  • Chg00-10 -- population change Pop2000 to Pop2010
  • %Chg00-10 -- percent population change from Pop2000 to Pop2010
    Census Bureau estimates released 3/14/13:
  • Pop 7/10 -- Population estimate (7/1/2010); counties defined as of 2013 vintage CBSAs
  • Pop 7/11 -- Population estimate (7/1/2011); counties defined as of 2013 vintage CBSAs
  • Pop 7/12 -- Population estimate (7/1/2012); counties defined as of 2013 vintage CBSAs
  • Chg10-12 -- population change Pop 7/10 to Pop 7/12
  • %Chg10-12 -- percent population change from Pop 7/10 to Pop 7/12

Selected Views -- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSA with Principal Cities
  2013 MSA green boundary; 2010 MSA bold black boundary
  counties labeled
    2013 MSA green boundary; 2010 MSA bold black boundary
  principal cities labeled

Selected Views -- Columbus, OH MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
Perry & Hocking counties added under 2013 classification; previously not metro counties.


Selected Views -- Kansas City MO-KS MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
Franklin County, KS removed under 2013 classification; Franklin County, KS becomes Ottawa, KS MISA.


Selected Views -- Knoxville, TN MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
  • Campbell County added under 2013 classification; was La Follette, TN MISA under 2010 classification.
  • Roane County added under 2013 classification; was Harriman, TN MISA under 2010 classification.
  • Grainger County added under 2013 classification; was part of Morristown, TN MSA under 2010 classification.
  • Morgan County added under 2013 classification; previously not a metro county.


Selected Views -- Lafayette, LA MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
Acadia, Iberia, Vermilion counties added under 2013 classification.


Selected Views -- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
Le Sueur MN, Mille Lacs MN, Sibley MN counties added under 2013 classification.


Selected Views -- Richmond, VA MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
Cumberland, Louisa, King and Queen counties removed under 2013 classification.


Selected Views -- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA
2013 green boundary cross-hatch pattern; 2010 black boundary/diagonal-hatch pattern
Culpeper and Rappahannock counties added under 2013 classification; Culpeper County MISA status removed.


2013 Metro Classification
The U.S. Office of Management & Budget (OMB) announced revised delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISAs) and Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) effective 2/28/13. The delineations reflect the Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas as published on June 28,2010, Federal Register (75 FR 37246 -37252) and the application of those standards to Census Bureau population and journey-to-work data.

All Federal agencies producing statistical data for metros are to use these new designations. Actual use across agencies will take some time; change will not be immediate.

Selected Highlights
  • There are several new MSAs and some have been declassified from the list.
  • From metro to metro, some counties have been added while others have been removed.
  • 929 metros (MSAs and MISAs) now exist in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
  • The 929 metros are also referred to as Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs).
  • 388 MSAs now exist (381 in the U.S. and 7 in Puerto Rico)
  • 11 MSAs contain a total of 31 Metropolitan Divisions (MDs)
  • 541 MISAs now exist (536 in the U.S. and 5 in Puerto Rico)
  • 169 CSAs now exist with their 524 component MSAs and/or MISAs
  • 38 New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs) now exist
  • 6 Combined NECTAs now exist with their 26 component NECTAs

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) have at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties. Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISAs) have at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties. MSAs and MISAs are delineated in terms of whole counties (or equivalent entities), including in the six New England States. If specified criteria are met, a MSA containing a single core with a population of 2.5 million or more may be subdivided to form smaller groupings of counties referred to as Metropolitan Divisions.

If specified criteria are met, adjacent Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas, in various combinations, may become the components of a set of complementary areas called Combined Statistical Areas. For example, a Combined Statistical Area may comprise two or more MSAs, a MSA and a MISA, two or more MISAs, or multiple MSAs and MISAs that have social and economic ties as measured by commuting, but at lower levels than are found among counties within MSAs and MISAs.

Additional Information
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