A MSA is a "Metropolitan Statistical Area" and is defined by Wikipedia as a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area. Such regions are not legally incorporated as a city or town would be, nor are they legal administrative divisions like counties and states.
We thought this list would be helpful to show where Gainesville and other North Central Florida MSAs rank statewide. Retailers and corporate site selection consultants pay close attention to demographic trends in the market areas they consider. It is important information and correlates to decisions made for office leasing as well as, for example, where a restaurant chain may consider expansion.