White House Revision Make Huntington Largest Metropolitan Statistic Area in WV

Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports

Huntington now replaces Charleston as the largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in West Virginia. Due to federal government definition changes, Putnam County and Lincoln County were shifted from Charleston's MSA to Huntington's. The Huntington MSA now has a population of 363,000 and Charleston drops to 240,000.

According to OMB Bulletin 13-01 issued by the White House on February 28, 2013. Specifically, the definitions and applications thereof pertain to "Census Bureau population and journey to work data." The Office of Managment and Budget reviews these definitions every ten years based on Census Bureau data.

MSAs have at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core "as measured by commuting ties."


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