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Old 03-11-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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Census Bureau released updated MSA, CSA and micropolitan area definitions today. Here's how it works out for West Virginia:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/defa...013/b13-01.pdf

Notably, Beckley is a brand new MSA while Elkins is a brand new micropolitan area.

Beckley, WV Metropolitan 'Statistical Area Principal City: Beckley
Fayette County, Raleigh County

Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Charleston
Boone County, Clay County, Kanawha County

Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Cumberland, MD
Allegany County, MD; Mineral County, WV

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal Cities: Hagerstown, MD; Martinsburg, WV
Washington County, MD; Berkeley County, WV

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
Principal Cities: Huntington, WV; Ashland, KY
Boyd County, KY; Greenup County, KY; Lawrence County, OH; Cabell County, WV; Lincoln County, WV; Putnam County, WV; Wayne County, WV

Morgantown, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Morgantown
Monongalia County, Preston County

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal Cities: Parkersburg, Vienna
Wirt County, Wood County

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal Cities: Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Silver Spring, MD; Frederick, MD; Rockville, MD; Bethesda, MD; Gaithersburg, MD; Reston, VA
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division
Frederick County, Montgomery County
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division District of Columbia, DC; Calvert County, MD; Charles County, MD; Prince George's County, MD; Arlington County, VA; Clarke County, VA; Culpeper County, VA; Fairfax County, VA; Fauquier County, VA; Loudoun County, VA; Prince William County, VA; Rappahannock County, VA; Spotsylvania County, VA; Stafford County, VA; Warren County, VA; Alexandria city, VA; Fairfax city, VA; Falls Church city, VA; Fredericksburg city, VA; Manassas city, VA; Manassas Park city, VA; Jefferson County, WV

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal Cities: Weirton, WV; Steubenville, OH
Jefferson County, OH; Brooke County, WV; Hancock County, WV

Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Wheeling, WV
Belmont County, OH; Marshall County, WV; Ohio County, WV

Winchester, VA-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Winchester, VA
Frederick County, VA; Winchester city, VA; Hampshire County, WV

Bluefield, WV-VA Micropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Bluefield, WV
Tazewell County, VA; Mercer County, WV

Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Clarksburg Doddridge County, Harrison County, Taylor County

Elkins, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Elkins
Randolph County

Fairmont, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Fairmont
Marion County

Logan, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area Principal City: Logan
Logan County

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The following are CSAs, which are larger combinations of adjacent metro areas that meet lower commuting thresholdholds. Notably, Charleston and Huntington are now one CSA... the Pittsburgh CSA now extends into WV with the addition of Weirton-Steubenville... Morgantown has added Fairmont to its CSA.

Charleston-Huntington-Ashland, WV-OH-KY Combined Statistical Area
Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area Logan, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area Portsmouth, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area

Morgantown-Fairmont,WV Combined Statistical Area
Fairmont, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area Morgantown, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Combined Statistical Area
Marietta, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area Parkersburg-Vienna, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area
Indiana, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, New Castle, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area California-Lexington Park, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area Cambridge, MD Micropolitan Statistical Area Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area Easton, MD Micropolitan Statistical Area Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Winchester, VA-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Bureaucrats arbitrarily drawing lines on maps and pretending they are doing something.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Bureaucrats arbitrarily drawing lines on maps and pretending they are doing something.
Bingo!

There are so many overlaps and underlaps in these things they are essentially meaningless and arbitrary.
It has been that way for a long time now.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Bingo!

There are so many overlaps and underlaps in these things they are essentially meaningless and arbitrary.
It has been that way for a long time now.
Can't you be happy that Morgantown has added Fairmont to its CSA?
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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They are not totally meaningless. Many companies look at the MSA and CSA numbers in their factors and criteria when looking to open a new location or relocate the business.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Interesting that they took Putnam and Lincoln counties from the Charleston MSA and put them in the Huntington MSA. That will make the Huntington MSA the largest in the state now by far.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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Thanks for the link. Should make for some good reading when I get time.

Gee, I wonder how they left off Morgantown-Pittsburgh CSA? Could it have been the roughly 45 miles of nothing between Morgantown and Pittsburgh's southern most suburb Washington?

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I agree TBailey, Huntington MSA possibly added tens of thousands to its MSA. This is where I do disagree with some of the designation. Because Charleston has stronger commuting ties to both counties.

I will say that Hurricane is becoming more of a Huntington suburb as it is almost connected to Milton now with Culloden starting to develop.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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Interesting that they took Putnam and Lincoln counties from the Charleston MSA and put them in the Huntington MSA. That will make the Huntington MSA the largest in the state now by far.
Oh wow... those counties are about 77k people. That puts Metro Charleston at around 225k and Metro Huntington at around 363k.

Charleston is gonna be angry.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Oh wow... those counties are about 77k people. That puts Metro Charleston at around 225k and Metro Huntington at around 363k.

Charleston is gonna be angry.
Speaking for the entire metropolitan Charleston area, let me say that we are not angry.

Besides, with Pittsburgh being a suburb of Morgantown, they must have about a million people.
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