Thank you for visiting the MSA Maps Project.

MSA Maps is a product of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis and the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research at the University at Albany, created under the direction of Richard Alba and Glenn Deane and developed and supported by the GIS unit of CSDA and the Mumford Center.

Our MSA Maps Project is a national county-level map-based information system developed with ArcIMS to display 2003 MSA boundaries and boundary changes and to map a wide selection of variables from the annual American Community Surveys, including immigration, race, economic, housing, education, veteran status, age and disability, poverty, and household composition.  The system allows users to download and save the map data into a spreadsheet compatible file.

Before you begin, please make sure you are using Internet Explorer or a version of Netscape higher than 4.7 as your browser.

You can access the MSA boundary changes and MSA ACS thematic maps and start our interactive mapping applications by clicking the selected buttons at the bottom of this page.  When you choose MSA boundary changes, a national map appears that displays both 2003 MSA county boundaries and boundary changes from the 2000 metropolitan area definitions.  

When you choose MSA ACS thematic maps, a new window appears with a list of data sources, ACS 2000 - ACS 2006, along the top of the page.  Choose a survey year, then "Choose a Category" and "Choose a variable" to display a quantile map.  After choosing a category and variable, use the zoom-in tool ( Zoom In) found on the tool bar above the map and click on the map in the area of desired counties.  

For more information about using our MSA Maps Project, click on our HELP menu button in the upper right corner of the Map Window. This HELP page includes examples of how to use MSA Maps.  You can also click on the Abbreviations button for a key to the variable name abbreviations used throughout the MSA ACS thematic maps application.   




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