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What is METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (MSA)

For the purposes of census data and other urban population calculations the United States Office of Management and Budget determines these specific types of geographical divisions. Primarily based on urban areas, the divisions tend to track with town or county borders. The MSAs can also be decomposed into smaller metropolitan divisions. Previously known as Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA).

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