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Old 06-06-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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I am confused on how often the new MSA and CSA statistics are released.

I found this link, which is the newest data for the MSA

Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The newest updated version is 2008 and the last one listed is 2000

So, I am assuming every 8 years another one comes out?

Then I found the CSA numbers, which I am assuming are released every seven years by the recording history. Is this true?

Table of United States primary census statistical areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Does anyone know how often a new MSA and CSA is released?
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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It would be a very logical system if ALL metro areas were part of a larger combined stat area - but they aren't

Note that there are NO csa's in Arizona and few in Florida, Texas, etc

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Old 06-06-2009, 07:11 PM
 
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It would be a very logical system if ALL metro areas were part of a larger combined stat area - but they aren't

Note that there are NO csa's in Arizona and few in Florida, Texas, etc
Do you know when the new CSA will be released?

How many years are in between release dates?
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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I believe that the Census Bureau issues definitive numbers only every ten years, using the new data right after each census. The rest of the time, they make periodic estimates. I'm not sure how often they make those estimates.

Regarding the suggestion to have every MSA be a part of a CSA, the problem with this is that in areas with low populations there may not be two or more distinct urban clusters (either MSA's or micropolitan areas) close enough to each other to have enough commuting between them to even qualify as a CSA.
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:13 PM
 
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It is very confusing. And it leads to many an argument of who has more people in certain areas. A good example is the Seattle area. I have heard the metro area defined as just Seattle-Everett, also defined as Seattle-Everett-Tacoma, and also Seattle-Everett-Tacoma-Bremerton, and even Olympia thrown in. The difference can be millions apart. I've seen estimates of the metro as low as 2.5 million up to 4.5 million. I wish we could get a better definition.

But to answer your question directly, a CMSA is "consolidated", an MSA is just "metro". Again, how do you differentiate between the two?
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:24 PM
 
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EVERYONE

I don't want to know how the CSA and MSA are defined

I want to know how often they come out and when the next one will be released

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Old 06-06-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I am confused on how often the new MSA and CSA statistics are released.

I found this link, which is the newest data for the MSA

Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The newest updated version is 2008 and the last one listed is 2000

So, I am assuming every 8 years another one comes out?

Then I found the CSA numbers, which I am assuming are released every seven years by the recording history. Is this true?

Table of United States primary census statistical areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Does anyone know how often a new MSA and CSA is released?
MSAs and CSAs are officially determined after each census. The 2008 data is simply an estimate of population for each MSA/CSA, and I think they do an estimate every year; they have since 2004 anyway. The last official determination is based on the 2000 census data and we won't get an official count or any official changes in MSA/CSA borders until after the 2010 census data is evaluated.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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The State and Metropolitan Data Book does seem to be randomly published and updated...I tried to buy copies from the U.S. printing office and the editions available were behind "the times",and "they" stated they were not on a fixed schedule like the census is.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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The MSA/CSA estimates are annual. They are based on annual county population estimates that are usually released around early spring (for the previous year of course).
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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Note that Trenton, New Jersey is not in the New York City MSA, but it is in the NYC CSA.
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