How to Use CBSA Map for Emergency Management

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It has been a continuous goal of Mapline  to design and develop mapping tools that are easy to use yet produce powerful results. One way is to make US geographical territories be available to use. Since you asked for it, we gave you the very best answer! After all, Mapline wouldn’t be the best territory mapping software for nothing. Territories defined by the Census Bureau can now be used for mapping. So now, you can create a CBSA map in under a minute.

CBSA map

Here’s how:

  1. Create a Mapline account and login.
  2. Click the orange “Add New Items” button.
  3. Select “New Map” on the drop down arrow.
  4. Give your map a name and click “OK.”
  5. Click the “Add” button from the left sidebar.
  6. Select the “Territories” option.
  7. Click “From Mapline’s Repository.”
  8. From the “Territories” select “U.S. Core Based Statistical Area – Metropolitan/Micropolitan.” Use the search bar for quicker results.
  9. Select how you want your boundaries to be colored in “Fill Color” (Random Colors, Uniform Color, or Custom Colors From Spreadsheet).
  10. Click “OK.”

That’s how easy it is to create a map of Core Based Statistical Area! You can now start using it in any way you can.

A CBSA map is often used in many industries. Some of the most popular are:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Logistics
  • Business
  • Real Estate

When you add data on a CBSA map, it tells a whole bunch of interesting stories. The next questions to ask are:

  • Why is it important to use a CBSA map?
  • What insights can be gained from adding data?
  • How does mapping CBSA territory boundaries help enhance data analysis?

These, and a lot more questions can be answered if we get a better understanding about CBSA.

A Closer Look at Core Based Statistical Area 

The Core Based Statistical Area or CBSA is defined by the US Office of the Management and Budget (OMB) as a geographic area consisting of one or more counties with an urban center with a population of not less than 10,000. It should also have adjoining counties that are connected to the urban center by commuting. It took effect in June 2003. Currently, there are 927 CBSA in the US.

An area can be considered as CBSA if it has one of these characteristics: 

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas with at least 50,000 population or more 
  • Micropolitan Statistical Area with at least 10,000 – 50,000 in population
  • Combined Statistical Area combining adjacent Metropolitan or Micropolitan areas.


CBSA map


One example of a core based statistical area is Vernon, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area. In terms of pulation, it ranked the last on the list.

The map can be used to further analysis on statistics. It helps answer questions like, why is this particular area ranked last while its neighboring areas aren’t? What are the contributing factors why it has the least population? Are there options and potentials to improve population growth?     

Using CBSA Map in Emergency Management

Responsibilities of local and national government pile up – from planning and zoning, local business support, waste management, community development, and many others. Without proper planning, programs may be mishandled and may bring catastrophic results. 

Thus, a CBSA map is a key tool in helping government agencies to manage programs. Data added on a territory map quickly helps identify problems in certain areas which in turn results in immediate responses. As a trusted territory mapping software, Mapline promotes better collaboration and communication within government agency leaders and their staff. Maps like a CBSA map are shareable and can even be embedded on a website. Data on a map can be edited real-time and shared to others with permission. This results in real-time solutions that can save lives!

Emergency Management

Flood, hurricane, fire, and food shortage are just some of the most popular emergency situations. Thus, government agencies need to create plans and implement programs so they can respond with urgency. Mapline’s Territory Mapping Software is packed with tools needed to help agencies accomplish these. 

As an example, a CBSA map is used to assess property damages after a portion of Louisiana was hit by Hurricane Ida. 

CBSA map

A map of multiple datasets highlight the real issues. To create disaster recovery plans, analyses should be made in different angles – social, economic, and environmental concerns. How can mapping help? Emergency leaders can add datasets on a CBSA map to acquire data-driven insights. Mapline makes it possible to map data locations in less than a minute. This enables the users to spend more time in data analysis. 

To help enhance the data analysis, Mapline has a dynamic filter option. It can do so much more than just filtering locations. It can turn cumbersome analysis into easy-to-understand data as you filter groups and logics. You can combine demographic data to identify areas of risks and vulnerability. 

Recently, Mapline launched a new feature to easily filter territories in just a few clicks. It helps enhance data visualization as it colors the territory boundaries of your CBSA map based on the column added to your territories. It may be the amount of properties destroyed during Hurricane Ida, the number of properties destroyed, or any column you may want to add. Choose anything that fits your analysis and instantly, the territories will show colors based on your data. Using this territory mapping feature will not only make your map attractive visually. More importantly, it will help to instantly recognize the areas that need the most assistance. 

Once you have your data added on your map, just click a territory and a summary of the report about that territory and all the data on it will show up. Then, you can save the map as an image and present it to the emergency staff. Or you can share the map to the first responders so they have the right information as they go to the affected areas. 

Emergency Responsiveness

Urgency always goes hand in hand with emergency response. That’s why Mapline designed tools to help responders act with urgency. One of which is the routing tool

Route in CBSA map

Adding customized routes on a CBSA map helps improve planning for travel iteneraries and work schedules. Mapline’s route planning software allows the users to create interactive maps and identify multi-stop areas to locate and help people in need.

The recent upgrade to the routing tool is that it now provides options for departure and arrival time. If you enter a departure time, Mapline will provide an estimated arrival time at each of the locations on your dataset. 

Other tools from Mapline’s Territory Mapping Software are used to analyze a CBSA map in efforts to respond with urgency. They also help communicate available resources in affected areas and monitor the situations. Mapline has a powerful BI Dashboards feature to help centralize the users’ data. It is designed to build a reporting database. 

Critical decision-making is vital especially during emergency situations. Hence, Mapline’s BI Dashboard is designed to help users including emergency responders to effectively manage and implement their emergency plans. It’s fully customizable! Since metrics are used to show critical data, the users are able to use multiple metrics to keep track of KPIs. 

Indeed, a CBSA map is definitely a vital tool in times of emergency. You will never regret using this map at the start of your emergency planning. 

Sign up now and experience firsthand the Mapline advantage of creating emergency plans with  data-driven solutions.

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