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Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA)

A Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) is a geographic area defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that centers on an urban region with at least 10,000 people and adjacent areas that are socioeconomically tied to the urban center.

There are both micropolitan and metropolitan CBSAs. The OMB uses these areas for statistical data collecting, tabulating, and publishing. Bridge can use CBSAs to search for target audiences in our count system.

What is the difference between MSA and CBSA?

The area as a whole is defined by the interaction between the core and the outlying areas. The CBSA is a generic definition of MICROs and MSAs, the difference being core population size.

What is a primary census statistical area?

Primary census statistical area (PCSA) In the United States, all of the combined statistical areas plus all of the remaining metropolitan statistical areas and micropolitan statistical areas.

What is the CBSA number?

A core-based statistical area (CBSA) is a U.S. geographic area defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that consists of one or more counties (or equivalents) anchored by an urban center of at least 10,000 people plus adjacent counties that are socioeconomically tied to the urban center by commuting.

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