Create a US MSA Map (Metropolitan Statistical Areas)
How an MSA Map Functions
You can easily create a Metropolitan Statistical Area map using Mapline. Defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) refers to a geographical region with high population density at the center of the area and having close economic ties throughout the area. They don’t perform as cities or towns, neither having any legal administrative divisions like counties or states. Chicago, IL and Atlanta, GA are examples of a metropolitan area where a large city is at the center and wields substantial influence over the region. On the other hand, there are metropolitan areas that has more than one large city with no single municipality holding a substantially dominant position. One example is Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.
Using Mapline, you can easily create a Metropolitan Statistical Area map. Metropolitan Statistical Areas are used by the Census Bureau and other federal government offices for statistical purposes.
Steps to Create a US MSA Map
- Create a Mapline account and login.
- Click “New Map” to create a new map.
- Give your map a name and click “Create Map.”
- Click the orange “Add Data Layers” button from the left sidebar.
- Select the “Add Territories” option.
- Select “Metropolitan Statistical Area” as the territory type.
- Give this territory overlay a Name and select the coloring option.
- Click “Continue.”
That’s how easy it is to create a US MSA map! Once you have your map, you can create a map of Excel spreadsheet locations to overlay on top. Mapline also makes it simple to see summary information about the locations inside each area just by clicking on them! Sign up now to create a Metropolitan Statistical Area map.