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Old 07-18-2016, 02:54 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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A combined statistical area (CSA) is composed of adjacent metropolitan (MSA) and micropolitan statistical areas (µSA) in the United States and Puerto Rico that can demonstrate economic or social linkage. The United States Office of Management and Budget defines a CSA as consisting of various combinations of adjacent metropolitan and micropolitan areas with economic ties measured by commuting patterns. These areas that combine retain their own designations as metropolitan or micropolitan statistical areas within the larger combined statistical area.

 
Old 07-18-2016, 02:58 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I understand how the census creates combined statistical areas, but I do not agree that they are cohesive metro regions. They may be useful for some sort of governmental purpose, but in the real world, they're basically meaningless.
It's simple:

CSAs only count when they boost someone's city and make it look bigger and more important.

CSAs don't count when they work against someone's city and make it look smaller than it otherwise would be compared to other cities.
 
Old 07-18-2016, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Not at all. CSAs are too spread out. Riverside is not part of LA as a prime example. DC and Baltimore is not one in the same.
 
Old 07-18-2016, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Sometimes people like to put Sarasota and Tampa as one CSA (there isn't a CSA for the Tampa Bay area), and I find that to be nonsense.
 
Old 07-18-2016, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Sometimes people like to put Sarasota and Tampa as one CSA (there isn't a CSA for the Tampa Bay area), and I find that to be nonsense.
I ran into one of those people.
 
Old 07-18-2016, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Not at all. CSAs are too spread out. Riverside is not part of LA as a prime example. DC and Baltimore is not one in the same.
I consider Riverside part of Greater LA, there is no breakup in the urbanity or whatever between say El Monte and Riverside
 
Old 07-18-2016, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I consider Riverside part of Greater LA, there is no breakup in the urbanity or whatever between say El Monte and Riverside
Does it matter that some parts of Riverside are 2 hours away from LA?!
 
Old 07-18-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Does it matter that some parts of Riverside are 2 hours away from LA?!
That is traffic, at night, you could drive from the 60/91/215 to the East Los Interchange in about 55-60 minutes. Plus, with the exception of warehouses and such, people living in Corona or Rancho Cucamonga are driving to Orange County or LA Proper to work.

And I only consider the portion of Riverside county west of San Gorgonio Pass to be in Greater LA, the Banning Weigh Station is the cutoff
 
Old 07-18-2016, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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Does it matter that some parts of Riverside are 2 hours away from LA?!
Nope. Even though it's wayyy quicker without traffic. Not to mention the massive commuter interplay between the two.
 
Old 07-18-2016, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Do you believe that Princeton and Yale are part of the same metro?
Haha! No.

CSAs only means something to government bureaucrats what exactly God knows what.
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