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.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Map

Steps to Create a US MSA Map

  1. Create a Mapline account and login.
  2. Click the orange button “New.”
  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 “Boundaries” option.
  7. From the “Boundary Type” select “U.S. Metropolitan  Statistical Areas.”
  8. Select how you want your boundaries to be colored in “Fill Color” (Random Colors, Uniform Colors, Heatmap on pins inside boundaries, or Paste colors from a spreadsheet).
  9. Click “OK.”

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.

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