Sample Geographic Categories
Nation - United States
Region - South
Division - South Atlantic
State - Virginia, Maryland
|Combined Statistical Area (CSA) - Washington Baltimore Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA||Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) - Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV||Metropolitan Division - Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV|
You will see tables with these geographic categories (e.g., BLS guide to inflation, prices and consumer spending).
Metropolitan Statistical Area
A Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) containing a single core with a population of 2.5 million or more may be subdivided to form smaller groupings of counties referred to as metropolitan divisions. In the 2010 Census: Fredericksburg, Virginia is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division.
Combined Statistical Area
The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is part of the Washington Baltimore Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA). The other MSA in this CSA is the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA.
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.
Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas
The Census Bureau reports data for a wide variety of geographic entities ranging in size from the entire United States to a Census Block. Some entities follow recognized boundaries such as counties and cities, while others have been created by the Census Bureau.
Click the Geography Atlas to view definitions of Census geographic entities.