primary metropolitan statistical area


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Related to primary metropolitan statistical area: Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area, Core-Based Statistical Area

primary metropolitan statistical area (PMSA)

Now obsolete but still encountered in trade literature.The term was adopted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1990, as part of a hierarchy that started with something called a metropolitan area (MA). The MA included metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), consolidated metropolitan statistical areas, and primary metropolitan statistical areas (PMSAs).The entire hierarchy was changed in 2000,with the new concept being a core-based statistical area,which includes metropolitan statistical areas and micropolitan statistical areas.For historical reference,a PMSA consisted of two or more communities that would qualify by themselves to be an MSA (1 million or more inhabitants) but that were so closely tied together economically that they should be treated as one unit.

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Seven of the ten areas are primary metropolitan statistical areas that are part of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The 310 metropolitan areas consist of 240 metropolitan statistical areas, 59 primary metropolitan statistical areas (PMSA'S), and 11 New England county metropolitan areas (NECMA'S).
These areas consist Of 58 primary metropolitan statistical areas (PMSA'S), 240 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA'S), and 12 New England county metropolitan areas (NECMA'S).(3) The PMSA'S and one NECMA are grouped into 17 consolidated metropolitan statistical areas (CMSA'S).
These areas consist of 52 primary metropolitan statistical areas (PMSA's), 239 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA's), and 12 New England county metropolitan areas (NECMA's).(3) The PMSA's and one NECMA are grouped into 17 consolidated metropolitan statistical areas (CMSA's).
However, if an area has more than 1 million residents and meets other criteria, it is classified as a "consolidated metropolitan statistical area" (CMSA), which consists of two or more primary metropolitan statistical areas (PMSA's).
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