METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA DESIGNATIONS
Updated Definitions*
February 2013

*There ARE changes from the December 2009 definitions.


METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS  <pdf map>

Tennessee has 41 counties that form 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

  • Chattanooga, TN-GA (Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Catoosa GA, Dade GA, Walker GA)
  • Clarksville, TN-KY (Montgomery, Christian KY, Trigg KY)
  • Cleveland (Bradley, Polk)
  • Jackson (Chester, Crockett, Madison)
  • Johnson City (Carter, Unicoi, Washington)
  • Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA (Hawkins, Sullivan, Scott VA, Washington VA, Bristol City VA)
  • Knoxville (Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Union)
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR (Fayette, Shelby, Tipton, Crittenden AR, Benton MS, Desoto MS, Marshall MS, Tate MS, Tunica MS)
  • Morristown (Hamblen, Jefferson)
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin (Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson)

MICROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS <pdf map>

Twenty Tennessee counties and one Kentucky county form 16 Micropolitan Statistical Areas.

  • Athens (McMinn)
  • Cookeville (Jackson, Overton, Putnam)
  • Crossville (Cumberland)
  • Dayton (Rhea)
  • Dyersburg (Dyer)
  • Greeneville (Greene)
  • Lawrenceburg (Lawrence)
  • Lewisburg (Marshall)
  • McMinnville (Warren)
  • Martin (Weakley)
  • Newport (Cocke)
  • Paris (Henry)
  • Sevierville (Sevier)
  • Shelbyville (Bedford)
  • Tullahoma-Manchester (Coffee, Franklin, Moore)
  • Union City (Obion TN & Fulton KY)

COMBINED METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS <pdf map>

There are now 6 Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas in Tennessee.  CMSAs are combinations of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas.

  • Chattanooga-Cleveland-Dalton, TN-GA-AL
  • Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
  • Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN
  • Martin-Union City, TN-KY
  • Memphis-Forrest City, TN-MS-AR
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN

If you would like more information about Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas, please visit the Census Bureau's web page:  http://www.census.gov/population/metro/data/metrodef.html and Office of Management and Budget's most recent bulletin.

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau.

updated:  March 11, 2013


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