Metropolitan area shapefiles


Is it possible to obtain shapefiles for the Metropolitan areas used by the IPUMS USA (METAREA valiable) in the years 1990 and 2000?


I am unaware of a METAREA shapefile; however, we do provide PUMA shapefiles here, which are the components for METAREA in 1990 and 2000. I have attached the most current Translation Table for the METAREA variable. Essentially, this is a crosswalk between PUMA and METAREA. Note that the PUMA values in the Translation Table have STATEFIP appended as the first two digits. You should be able to use the Translation Table and the PUMA shapefiles to create a METAREA shapefile.

Hope this helps.

metarea_tt.xls (1.87 MB)