standard metropolitan statistical area. A central city area and its surrounding suburbs and small jurisdictions.
Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. An SMSA, defined by the Census Bureau, consists of one or more entire counties containing at least one city (or twin cities) having a population of 50,000 or more plus adjacent counties that are metropolitan and are economically and socially integrated with the central city. In New England, towns and cities rather than counties are the basis for defining an SMSA. SMSA boundaries may cross state lines, as in the case of Washington, D.C.
Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. Also known as MSA (Metro Area). A market definition provided by the Bureau of Census. Each Metro Area or SMSA contains a county or counties having at least a) one central city with population of 50,000 or more, or b) a city with at least 25,000 which interacts economically or socially with surrounding communities bringing the total population to 50,000, or c)as in New England where they don't have counties, the cities and towns in a SMSA must have a combined population of at least 75,000.