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CBSA - Core-Based Statistical Area

The federal Office of Management and Budget defines a CBSA as “a geographic entity associated with at least one core of 10,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.” There are two categories of CBSAs: Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Micropolitan Statistical Areas. MSAs are based on urbanized areas of 50,000 or more population and Micropolitan Statistical Areas are based on urban clusters with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000.