Local Counties Added To Metro Area 09 Apr 13

The 13-county Twin Cities “Metropolitan Statistical Area” is now 16-counties, with the federal government now recognizing Sibley and Le Sueur counties as part of that entity. Mille Lacs County has also been added to the MSA. A county becomes part of an MSA when at least 25% of its workforce commutes to one of the abutting “core counties.” Both Sibley and Le Sueur border Scott County, while Sibley also abuts Carver County. Other than being included as part of the Twin Cities statistics, the designation may open up federal funding opportunities.