CBSA Codes Database

Core-Based Statistical Areas

U.S. government Core-Based Statistical Areas Defined by the Office of Management and Budget, these are geographic locations neighboring urban areas of at least 10,000 people and/or are socioeconomically tied to the urban center by commuting. Prior to year 2000, these were collectively known as MSA- Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Micropolitan Statistical Areas. An exclusive feature of GreatData CBSA Data is that the population statistics are calculated annually. Therefore, the CBSA rank is based on a more recent population than typical census data classifications.

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Core-Based Statistical Areas - CBSA

In the year 2000, the Office of Management and Budget updated the way market areas are defined under the acronym CBSA (formerly know by SMSAs, MSAs, CMSAs, etc.). Immediately prior to year 2000, (MSA) codes covered about 80 percent of the country, where as the new CBSA codes cover about 93 percent. Although not in this product, if you need the older MSA Codes they are available in our CBSA Codes with MSA Codes Database. There are two major sub-classes in CBSA Codes:


Due to the amount of data, the files are normalized to minimize the amount of duplicate information. The following files are included with this product:

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Comma-Separated Values (CSV) Text File

Official U.S. Postal Service five digit ZIP Code (ZIP to CBSA)

Official city name used by the U.S. Postal Service

Official U.S. Postal Service State Abbreviation

The name of the county in which the ZIP Code is found.

Geographic location code as defined by the Office of Management and Budget

Geographic location name as defined by the Office of Management and Budget

A CBSA sub-classification:
Micro - 10,000 to 50,000 population
Metro - 50,000 + population

A sequence number for each record indicating the greatest population to the least

Current U.S. Census population estimates per CBSA Code

Code assigned to geographic areas having more than 2.5 million people

Name assigned to Division Code

Current U.S. Census population estimates per Division Code

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CBSA Codes with MSA Codes   (Core-Based Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Statistical Areas)

Medicare CBSA Codes Database   (Medicare Core-Based Statistical Areas)

Rural Urban ZIP Codes Database   (Rural Urban Suburban Codes)