MSA Definition

These profiles are based on metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and metropolitan divisions (MDs) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

OMB defines an MSA as “at least one urbanized area that has a population of at least 50,000. The Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises the central county or counties containing the core, plus adjacent outlying counties having a high degree of social and economic integration with the central county or counties as measured through commuting.”

OMB defines an MD as “an urbanized area with a population of at least 2.5 million. A Metropolitan Division consists of one or more main/secondary counties that represent an employment center or centers, plus adjacent counties associated with the main/secondary county or counties through commuting ties.”

Pike, Ocean, and Sussex counties are part of MSAs that fall primarily outside of the Third District. We provide information for these counties but not for their larger metropolitan areas.

The profiles use the July 2015 revision of MSA delineations, as detailed in OMB Bulletin No. 15-01.