OMB BULLETIN NO. 99-04
TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS
SUBJECT: Revised Statistical Definitions of Metropolitan Areas (MAs) and Guidance on Uses of MA Definitions
Purpose: This Bulletin establishes two new Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). It also provides guidance on the use of the statistical definitions of MAs.
Background: Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 3504(e)(3) and 31 U.S.C. 1104(d) and Executive Order No. 10253 (June 11, 1951), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines MAs for use in Federal statistical activities. OMB updates these definitions each June, adding new areas that qualify as MAs and cities that qualify as central cities for MAs.
New MSAs: Auburn-Opelika, Alabama is defined as a Level D MSA (FIPS Code 0580) effective June 30, 1999. The Auburn-Opelika, Alabama MSA comprises Lee County, Alabama. The MSA's central cities are Auburn, Alabama and Opelika, Alabama. Corvallis, Oregon, is defined as a Level D MSA (FIPS Code 1890) effective June 30, 1999. The Corvallis, Oregon, MSA comprises Benton County, Oregon. The MSA's central city is Corvallis, Oregon.
Level A -- Areas of 1 million or more
Level B -- Areas of 250,000 to 999,999
Level C -- Areas of 100,000 to 249,999
Level D -- Areas of less than 100,000
Uses of MA Definitions: All agencies that conduct statistical activities to collect and publish data for MAs should use the most recent definitions of MAs established by OMB.
List of MA Definitions: This bulletin is available electronically from the OMB home page at http://whitehouse.gov/OMB; go to Bulletins. Copies of the list of MAs as of June 30, 1999, are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Document Sales, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 (703-605-6000 or 1-800-553-6847) (Accession Number PB99-132698). This list is also available through NTIS in electronic form (Wordperfect) (Accession Number PB99-501538).
Inquiries: Inquiries concerning MA standards and the statistical uses of MA definitions should be directed to Suzann Evinger (202-395-3093).
Jacob J. Lew
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