North Carolina 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 could be either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MeSAs) built around a popula tion core of 50,000 or more, a Micropolitan Statistical Area (MiSA) created around a population core of 10,000 to 50,000, or a Combi ned Statistical Area combining adjacent Metropolitan or Micropolitan areas.

The North Carolina State Data Center created the following reference maps of the micropolitan, metropolitan, and combined statistica l areas in North Carolina. The 2013 areas were defined by the US Office of Management and Budget on February 28, 2013 in the OMB Bulletin Number 13-01; and the 2003 areas were defined on June 6, 2003 in the OMB Bulletin Number 03-04. The underlying geography for each map is available in an accompanying spreadsheet.

2013 Core Based Statistical Area Maps for North Carolina

2013 Micropolitan Statistical Areas
2013 Metropolitan Statistical Areas
2013 Combined Statistical Areas

2003 Core Based Statistical Area Maps for North Carolina

2003 Micropolitan Statistical Areas
2003 Metropolitan Statistical Areas
2003 Combined Statistical Areas