American FactFinder (U.S. Census)

American Factfnder is the gateway to  the Decennial Census, the American CommunitySurvey, the Census’  Population Estimates Program, the Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys. Factfinder is a massive database that is searchable by topic, geography, population group, and industry and year. Users can modify data tables to focus on specific geographies or data elements. It […]

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MSA and Micrometropolitan Business Patterns

MSA and micrometropolitan Business Patterns provides  the same detailed annual information at the as County Business Patterns on the number of business establishments, number of employees, and quarterly and annual payroll.  The data is available at the six digit NAICS Code (depending on the size of the population). It is important to note that this […]

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ZIP Code Business Patterns

ZIP Code Business Patterns provides  the same detailed annual information at the ZIP Code level as County Business Patterns on the number of business establishments, number of employees, and quarterly and annual payroll.  The data is available at the six digit NAICS Code (depending on the size of the population). It is important to note […]

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Location Quotient Calculator (BLS)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website includes a Location Quotient Calculator that enables users to quickly and easily calculate location quotients for any county in the U.S.   Annual data from 2001 to 2010 is available allowing users to analyze changes over time.  Location quotients can be calculated up to the three-digit NAICS level.  However,  […]

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Historical U.S. Census Data (1790 to 2010)

Looking for historical U.S. Census data?  The U.S. Census provides easy access to historical population, housing, and agricultural data from 1790 to 2010.  Most of the of the data is available at the state and county levels.

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Consumer Expenditure Survey (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)  Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) provides information on the buying habits of American consumers.  Many private data providers rely on the CES as the basis for their projections. Reported annually, the CES includes spending on a wide variety of consumer goods and services ( i.e. food, clothing, household goods, automobiles). […]

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Local Workforce Profiles: OnTheMap

If you are looking for relatively current basic profiles of the workers employed in your community or profiles of the employed residents of your community, try the Local Employment Profiles developed by the U.S. Census as part of their Longitudinal Employment Dynamics program. Accessible online through OnTheMap, these basis profiles provide timely data on employees […]

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American Community Survey (ACS) Statistical Calculator

ACS Statistical Calculator: Like many people, I celebrated the release of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The Census even included margins of error for each individual value to make my job easier. However, my enthusiasm was tempered when I starting adding several values together and realized that I had to recalculate […]

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DataPlace

DataPlace (Beta) A  powerful “one-stop” source for data about your community or any place in the U.S.  Although DataPlace was developed specifically for housing and community development professionals, it includes a variety of good information that you might not expect (i.e. Arts and health sector employment and federal expenditures.  One of the real advantages of […]

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County Business Patterns (2008)

County Business Patterns (CDP) provides  detailed annual information on the number of business establishments, number of employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for most of the 1,100 industries covered at the national, state and county levels. CBP includes data on establishments, employment and payroll at the six digit NAICS Code (depending on the size of […]

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