I’ve read a bit about CBSAs and MSAs, and I’m still confused as to the difference. I’ve often seen them used interchangeably. This article also didn’t help to explain the difference. It seems that Core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) are smaller than Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and consist of a core of at least 10,000 and surrounding areas of high degree of economic and social integration, while MSAs consist of 50,000 or more? Then MSAs are larger delineations?
I’m asking because I was asked to analyze the CBSA for New York using IPUMS ACS data, but can only find variables for the MSA–met2013. CPS has a CBSASZ variable that measure population size of CBSAs. So, I need clarity on this so I can explain it to my research team.
So, what’s the basic difference between MSAs and CBSAs and for which area can I use IPUMS ACS and corresponding shape files to analyze the New York metro area?