Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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The Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is one of 392 (as of 2018) geographical region in the United States and Puerto Rico with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area.[1]This integration is primarily measured by commuting ties. People living in outlying rural areas, for example, may commute considerable distances to work, shop, or attend social activities in the urban center.

A MSA is a designation the U.S. government uses to refer to a region that, broadly speaking, consists of a city and its suburbs, plus any surrounding communities that are closely linked to the city because of social and/or economical factors. Defining urban areas has been the responsibility of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), an element of the White House. Statistical areas are named after the city the OMB defines as the "principal city", namely the administrative entity which forms the largest urban core.

Uses of Data About MSA

The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses MSA data to analyze labor market conditions within a geographical area. Within a metropolitan statistical area, workers can presumably change jobs without having to move to a new location, creating a relatively stable labor force.[2]

Statistical data about MSAs also helps government officials and businesses review information about per capita income, spending patterns, and unemployment rates. The resulting data can be used to formulate policies designed to stimulate economic growth in the region.

HUD normally uses current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) definitions to define income limits areas because they closely correspond to housing market area definitions.[3]

Contributing Areas

There are currently (as of 2018) four counties, one independent city and one incorporated town that contribute to the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA):[4]

See also: Albemarle County population