Frequently Asked Questions

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Survey of Business Owners: How do I use demographic or population data with economic data?

Since the codes used to identify each geographic area in the 2007 Economic Census are consistent with the codes used in many of the demographic data files available from the Census Bureau, combing economic and demographic data is possible.

  • To calculate per capita ratios, you can divide business data by population counts for comparable populations.  Business data and population data are available from separate population and economic tables in American FactFinder to spreadsheet format.

  • The Survey of Business Owners collects both demographic and economic characteristics of businesses and business owners.

  • The Local Employment Dynamics program combines population and demographic data to create local area profiles.


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