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2015 Metropolitan Statistical Areas
  -- updates to 2013 metropolitan statistical area designations

New metropolitan area designations are important; they identify transitioning and growing counties reaching a certain plateau of demographic-economic well-being. In July 2015, sixteen new Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISAs) were designated, reflecting population growth through 2014. At the same time one MISA changed status to a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) -- Enid, OK. The five new Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) reflect continuing urban agglomeration evolvement as contiguous metros grow and join adjacent metros. How will these new metros change by 2020? 2060? relate to others? .. insights using our projections and modeling tools.

Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs -- the collective set of MSAs and MISAs) designations are updated from periodically based on changing demographic-economic conditions. The July 2015 CBSA designations, summarized here, update the previous February 2013 CBSA designations. CBSAs are comprised of one or more contiguous counties. CBSA designations are made by OMB based primarily on Census Bureau data.

There are now 945 CBSAs (MSAs and MISAs) in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
  • 389 MSAs (382 in the United States and 7 in Puerto Rico).
      .. 11 MSAs contain a total of 31 Metropolitan Divisions (MDs).
  • 556 MISAs (551 in the U.S. and 5 in Puerto Rico).
174 Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) now exist with a total of 537 component MSAs and MISAs.

Updates provided here are based on 2010 standards for delineating MSAs and MISAs. The updates reflect changes based on Census Bureau population estimates for July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013.

The 2015 changes include:
  • designation of a new metropolitan statistical area
  • sixteen new micropolitan statistical areas
  • five new combined statistical areas
  • new components of existing combined statistical areas
  • other changes

Examining Demographic Change for Metros & Components
In the list that follows, the MSA or MISA 5-digit geocode/geoid, uniquely identifying this metro/CBSA among all others, appears following the MSA or MISA name. Click county code link, following county name, to view a demographic trend profile. Click graphic at right to view the illustrative profile for Garfield County, OK (Enid, OK MSA).

View county demographic change in context of other counties using this interactive table. View characteristics of principal cities in context of other cities using this interactive table.

New Metropolitan Statistical Areas
  -- Principal Cities and County Components

Enid, OK MSA (21420) -- previously a MISA that now qualifies as a new MSA
  Principal City: Enid
  Garfield County (40047)

New Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISA) top
  -- Principal Cities and County Components
Alexander City, AL MISA (10760)
  Principal City: Alexander City
  Tallapoosa County (01123)
Atmore, AL MISA (12120)
  Principal City: Atmore
  Escambia County (12033)
Bonham, TX MISA (14300)
  Principal City: Bonham
  Fannin County (48147)
Brownsville, TN MISA (15140)
  Principal City: Brownsville
  Haywood County (47075)
Carroll, IA MISA (16140)
  Principal City: Carroll
  Carroll County (19027)
Central City, KY MISA (16420)
  Principal City: Central City
  Muhlenberg County (21177)
Eufaula, AL-GA MISA (21640)
  Principal City: Eufaula, AL
  Barbour County, AL (01005); Quitman County, GA (13239)
Fairmont, MN (21860 MISA)
  Principal City: Fairmont
  Martin County (27091)
Fort Payne, AL MISA (22840)
  Principal City: Fort Payne
  DeKalb County (01049)
Grand Rapids, MN MISA (24330)
  Principal City: Grand Rapids
  Itasca County (27061)
Hope, AR MISA (26260)
  Principal City: Hope
  Hempstead County, (05057) Nevada County (05099)
Jennings, LA MISA (27660)
  Principal City: Jennings
  Jefferson Davis Parish (22053)
Pella, IA MISA (37800)
  Principal City: Pella
  Marion County (19125)
Ruidoso, NM MISA (40760)
  Principal City: Ruidoso
  Lincoln County (35027)
St. Marys, PA MISA (41260)
  Principal City: St. Marys
  Elk County (42047)
West Point, MS MISA (48500)
  Principal City: West Point
  Clay County (28025)

New Combined Statistical Areas (CSA) and Components top
Columbus-West Point, MS CSA (200)
  Columbus, MS MISA
  West Point, MS MISA
Jackson-Brownsville, TN CSA (297)
  Brownsville, TN MISA
  Jackson, TN MSA
Lake Charles-Jennings, LA CSA (324)
  Jennings, LA MISA
  Lake Charles, LA MSA
Oskaloosa-Pella, IA CSA (423)
  Oskaloosa, IA MISA
  Pella, IA MISA
Pensacola-Ferry Pass, FL-AL CSA (426)
  Atmore, AL MISA
  Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL MSA

New Components of Existing Combined Statistical Areas (CSA)
The Alexander City, AL MISA is added to the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL CSA (142).
The Bonham, TX MISA is added to the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-OK Combined Statistical Area (206).
The Fort Payne, AL MISA is added to the Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL CSA (290).

New New England City and Town Area (NECTA) with Principal City and Components
Claremont, NH Micropolitan New England City and Town Area (72500)
  Principal City: Claremont
  Sullivan County, NH (part)
  Claremont city, Unity town

New Combined New England City and Town Area and Components
Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT Combined New England City and Town Area (725)
  Claremont, NH Micropolitan New England City and Town Area
  Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan New England City and Town Area

Other Changes
  • Bedford city, a component of the Lynchburg, VA MSA, changed to town status and was added to Bedford County.
  • The name of Macon, GA, the principal city of the Macon, GA MSA,
    as well as a principal city of the Macon-Warner Robins, GA CSA is now Macon-Bibb County.
    .. The new title of the MSA is Macon-Bibb County, GA MSA.
    .. The new title of the CSA is Macon-Bibb County--Warner Robins, GA CSA.
  • Sanford town, ME, a component of Sanford, ME Micro New England City and Town Area, is now Sanford city, ME.
  • The code for Peoria-Canton, IL CSA is now 427.

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