Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area. A component area of a consolidated metropolitan statistical area (CMSA). Any metropolitan area having more than one million persons may be divided in to subareas called primary metropolitan statistical areas (PSMAs) based on criteria established by the Office of Management and Budget. PMSAs consist of a large urbanized county or cluster of counties that demonstrates very strong internal economic and social links, in addition to close ties to other portions of the larger area. In New England, PMSAs are composed of cities and towns rather than whole counties. ( American Travel Survey )
The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett PMSA, also referred to as Seattle Metro, includes King, Snohomish and Island counties as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Superceded by Metropolitan Division.
"Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area" --- one sub-component area of a CMSA. Washington, for example, is one PMSA of the Washington-Baltimore CMSA. See the Post market book.
Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area. If a metropolitan area (MA) has more than 1 million inhabitants it may be defined as a Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). PMSAs consist of a large urbanized county or cluster of counties that demonstrates very strong internal economic and social links, but are also linked to other portions of the larger area. This larger area is then called a PMSA.
PRIMARY METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA. A classification of the U.S. Census Bureau applied to cities with the following classifications. Within a metropolitan area with a population of one million or more, there may be areas that would qualify as metropolitan areas on their own, yet are linked to other cities in close proximity. These individual areas are called Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas, while the metropolitan area containing these PMSAs is called a Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA).
The second level in the US government's three tiered system of metro area classification. PMSA's are characterized as metropolitan areas having a total population of 1 million or more, anchored by a large urbanized county or cluster of counties with strong internal economic and social links. By definition, PMSA's are the components of Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSA's) which represent the third tier and are made up of two or more contiguous PMSAs.
Primary metropolitan statistical area. A geographic entity defined by the federal Office of Management and Budget for use by federal statistical agencies. If an area meets the requirements to qualify as a metropolitan statistical area and has a population of one million or more, two or more PMSAs may be defined within it if statistical criteria are met and local opinion is in favor. A PMSA consists of one or more counties (county subdivisions in New England) that have substantial commuting interchange. When two or more PMSAs have been recognized, the larger area of which they are components then is designated a consolidated metropolitan statistical area. Related terms: Consolidated metropolitan statistical area (CMSA), Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)