Top 25 USA Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

The best cities to live and work in for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostic industries.

Jobs, Companies, Real Estate, Schools

Top 25 USA Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The following is a list of the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, according to the July 1, 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) produced a formal definition of these most populous metropolitan areas, called "Metropolitan Statistical Areas" (MSAs).

MSAs are determined based on central urbanized areas-- a contiguous area of relatively high population density. The counties containing the core urbanized area are known as the central counties of the MSA. Additional surrounding counties (known as outlying counties) can be included in the MSA if these counties have strong social and economic ties to the central counties as measured by commuting and employment. Some areas within these outlying counties may actually be rural in nature.

In this compilation of MSAs, you will find valuable information about each metropolitan area, from popular attractions, to vital information about local government, lodging, weather and schools. You will also discover how each MSA is uniquely tied to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industry, one of the nation’s most rapidly growing industries.

Having started with a handful of companies, the biotech business in the U.S. has grown to thousands of companies with sales and revenues in this field are in the billions. Almost every MSA in the U.S. is somehow intimately tied to the biotech, pharmaceutial, and medical device industry.

In the East Coast you will find giants like ImClone Systems Incorporated, Pfizer Inc., and VirtualScopics, LLC. And on the West Coast you will find Osprey Pharmaceuticals USA, Corbett Robotics, and Medivation Inc.

By exploring the list of the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. below, you will not only learn more about the nation's major cities, but also discover their unique connection to the bourgeoning life science, research, and drug development industries.

Top 25
Rank Metro Area Metro Division Jobs Hotbed
1 New York / Northern NJ / Long Island     Pharm Country
    New York Jobs  
    White Plains, New York Jobs  
    Edison, New Jersey Jobs  
    Newark, New Jersey Jobs  
    Union, New Jersey Jobs  
    Wayne, New Jersey Jobs  
2 Los Angeles / Long Beach / Santa Ana     Biotech Beach
    Anaheim, California Jobs  
    Glendale, California Jobs  
    Irvine, California Jobs  
    Long Beach, California Jobs  
    Los Angeles, California Jobs  
    Santa Ana, California Jobs  
3 Chicago / Naperville / Joliet     BioMidwest
    Chicago, Illinois Jobs  
    Joliet, Illinois Jobs  
    Naperville, Illinois Jobs  
    Gary, Indiana Jobs  
4 Dallas / FortWorth / Arlington     BioTechxus
    Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Jobs  
    Arlington, Texas Jobs  
    Irving, Texas Jobs  
    Plano, Texas Jobs  
5 Philadelphia / Camden / Wilmington     Pharm Country
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jobs  
    Camden, New Jersey Jobs  
    Wilmington, Delaware Jobs  
6 Houston / Sugar Land / Baytown     BioTechxus
    Baytown, Texas Jobs  
    Houston, Texas Jobs  
    Sugar Land, Texas Jobs  
7 Miami / Fort Lauderdale / Pompano Beach     Southern Pharm
    Boca Raton, Florida Jobs  
    Boynton Beach, Florida Jobs  
    Deerfield Beach, Florida Jobs  
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida Jobs  
    Kendall, Florida Jobs  
    Miami Beach, Florida Jobs  
    Miami, Florida Jobs  
    Pompano Beach, Florida Jobs  
    West Palm Beach, Florida Jobs  
8 Washington / Arlington / Alexandria     BioCapital
    Alexandria, Virginia Jobs  
    Arlington, Virginia Jobs  
    Bethesda, Maryland Jobs  
    District of Columbia Jobs  
    Frederick, Maryland Jobs  
    Gaithersburg, Maryland Jobs  
9 Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta     Southern Pharm
    Atlanta, Georgia Jobs  
    Sandy Springs, Georgia Jobs  
    Marietta, Georgia Jobs  
10 Boston / Cambridge / Quincy     Genetown
    Boston, Massachusetts Jobs  
    Cambridge, Massachusetts Jobs  
    Framingham, Massachusetts Jobs  
    Newton, Massachusetts Jobs  
    Peabody, Massachusetts Jobs  
    Quincy, Massachusetts Jobs  
11 Detroit / Warren Livonia     BioMidwest
    Dearborn, Michigan Jobs  
    Detroit, Michigan Jobs  
    Farmington Hills, Michigan Jobs  
    Livonia, Michigan Jobs  
    Troy, Michigan Jobs  
    Warren, Michigan Jobs  
12 San Francisco / Oakland / Fremont     Biotech Bay
    Fremont, California Jobs  
    Hayward, California Jobs  
    Oakland, California Jobs  
    Redwood City, California Jobs  
    San Francisco, California Jobs  
    San Mateo, California Jobs  
13 Phoenix / Mesa / Scottsdale     RockyBio
    Mesa, Arizona Jobs  
    Phoenix, Arizona Jobs  
    Scottsdale, Arizona Jobs  
14 Riverside / San Bernardino / Ontario     Biotech Beach
    Ontario, California Jobs  
    Riverside, California Jobs  
    San Bernardino, California Jobs  
15 Seattle / Tacoma / Bellevue     BioForest
    Bellevue, Washington Jobs  
    Everett, Washington Jobs  
    Seattle, Washington Jobs  
    Tacoma, Washington Jobs  
16 Minneapolis / St Paul / Bloomington     BioMidwest
    Twin Cities, Minnesota Jobs  
    Bloomington, Minnesota Jobs  
    Minneapolis, Minnesota Jobs  
    St. Paul, Minnesota Jobs  
17 San Diego / Carlsbad / San Marcos     Biotech Beach
    Carlsbad, California Jobs  
    San Diego, California Jobs  
    San Marcos, California Jobs  
18 St. Louis     BioMidwest
    St. Louis, Missouri Jobs  
19 Tampa / St Petersburg / Clearwater     Southern Pharm
    Clearwater, Florida Jobs  
    Saint Petersburg, Florida Jobs  
    Tampa, Florida Jobs  
20 Baltimore / Towson     BioCapital
    Towson, Maryland Jobs  
    Baltimore, Maryland Jobs  
21 Denver / Aurora     RockyBio
    Aurora, Colorado Jobs  
    Denver, Colorado Jobs  
22 Pittsburgh     Pharm Country
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Jobs  
23 Portland / Vancouver / Beaverton     BioForest
    Beaverton, Oregon Jobs  
    Portland, Oregon Jobs  
    Vancouver, Washington Jobs  
24 Cincinnati / Middletown     BioMidwest
    Cincinnati, Ohio Jobs  
    Middletown, Ohio Jobs  
25 Cleveland / Elyria / Mentor     BioMidwest
    Cleveland, Ohio Jobs  
    Elyria, Ohio Jobs  
    Mentor, Ohio Jobs