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Old 07-19-2009, 02:10 AM
Location: Dallas
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I think CSA's are a new definition designed to measure areas that were once distinct but have subsequently grown together such as Providence and Boston. 50 years ago PVD and BOS may have been distinct areas, but now it's quite common to in PVD and work in BOS. I was one of those people who did exactly that for two years. Boston's MBTA has been extended to PVD and the suburbs between the two have greatly filled in.

I think the next CSA will add Palm Beach to MIA. Frankly I think they should just do away with the term and redefine MIA's MSA to include PB. That's kinda a no brainer.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:32 AM
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It's pretty cut and dry - the CSA and MSA's are estimated every year as of July 1st of that year. It normally takes 8-10 months after any July 1st to look at the housing starts, and whatever other stats they use to come up with their best estimate.

So you found the MSA numbers for July 1st 2008, and were looking at the CSA numbers for July 1st, 2007.

The ACTUAL headcounts are done every 10 years (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, etc). Anything else not on that schedule is just an estimate.

They do a LOT of analysis on the actual headcounts done every 10 years, so normally those numbers take longer to come out than the estimates. Because of this, the 2001 and 2002 estimates normally aren't looked at and released until around 2003 or so, just because they're busy looking at ACTUAL data. Otherwise the July 1st estimates are released sometime around March to July of the following year.
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