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April 05, 2007

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The Census has just released its population estimates for 2006. Here's a list of the nation's top 20 metros for 2006.  Click here for the story in USA Today. Here for the Census Bureau's press release (hat tip: Kevin Stolarick, Steven Pedigo).  But do remember that population growth, while interesting is a crude indicator of development. Places can gain population and lose income and wealth.  We have a paper coming on just this issue shortly so stay tuned.

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Barkley  Rosser

This list needs some clarification. These metro areas do not seem to be based on CMSAs, as Riverside is separate from LA. Also, probably San Jose is separate from SF, and Baltimore is separate from Washington. I know the list looks different than this one if one does it by the broader measures, atlhough the top three remain the top three in the order given.

Richard

Barkley - I have not looked at the data definitions, but my guess is that they are the PMSA units. I'll ask our data gurus to look into it. Rich

Steven

New metro defintions and explanations can be found here. PMSA units are a thing of the past. A lot of the old PSMA units are now thier own metro areas.

You can check out this PDF for a list of new defintions, explainations:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/bulletins/b03-04_attach.pdf

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