In 48 states, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and Census Bureau report county detail in the same way, including cities within their respective counties. In Hawaii and Virginia, however, the Census disaggregates city and county detail, whereas the BEA has defined codes to identify these county/independent city combinations.
The U.S. federal document FIPS PUB 6-4 defines identifiers for "first-order subdivisions of each state and statistically equivalent entity," i.e., areas such as county, parish, borough, or independent city. We used these identifiers to create our geo codes for counties, which have the form AAnnn -- two letters identifying the state, and three digits for the county within.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) defined codes in the 9000 series to represent county/independent city combinations in Hawaii and Virginia; these combined areas are reported separately by the Census Bureau. For consistency with other county codes, we changed these to three-digit values.
- BEA-based code VA901 - Albemarle + Charlottesville (VA) - FIPS 51901
- Census-based code VA003 - Albemarle County (VA) - FIPS 51003
- Census-based code VA540 - Charlottesville City (VA) - FIPS 51540
Note: As of the 1994 publication of the Census Bureau's Geographic Areas Reference Manual, there were 3,141 counties or statistical equivalents in the 50 states and District of Columbia, a number that sometimes changes. However, the BEA's reporting is based on only 3,111 counties (geo list CT_BEA.LST), and our Census Bureau geo list (CT_CEN.LST) includes 3,219 areas. Geo lists are available from the "Tools" menu in DataBuffet.com.
The Moody's Economy.com county forecasts are produced using the BEA's county definitions.
||VA005, VA560, VA580
||VA015, VA790, VA820
||VA053, VA570, VA730
||VA059, VA600, VA610
||VA153, VA683, VA685
||VA163, VA530, VA678
Note: VA925 and VA780 were removed. The independent city of South Boston (VA780) was made and incorporated within Halifax County (VA083).