Core Based Statistical Area Reference Maps

Metropolitan areas are reviewed and possibly redefined after each decennial Census. In 2003 the US Office of Management and Budget established Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA).

CBSAs can be a: 

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MeSAs) built around a population core of 50,000 or more 
  • Micropolitan Statistical Area (MiSA) created around a population core of 10,000 to 50,000
  • Combined Statistical Area combining adjacent Metropolitan or Micropolitan areas.

The 2013 areas were defined by the US Office of Management and Budget on February 28, 2013. The 2003 areas were defined on June 6, 2003. The underlying geography for each map is available in an accompanying spreadsheet.

The North Carolina State Data Center created the following reference maps of the micropolitan, metropolitan, and combined statistical areas in North Carolina.

2013 Core Based Statistical Area Maps for North Carolina

2003 Core Based Statistical Area Maps for North Carolina