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County Business Patterns: How far back is County Business Patterns data available and how can I access historical files?

County Business Patterns (CBP) data has been published every year since 1964 and at irregular intervals since 1946. The Census Bureau provides free electronic download of the complete data files from 1986 through the current year.  There are several other sources providing CBP data prior to 1986 in different formats – refer to the CBP Historical Data page for a complete list of sources. 

The following additional data has been published as part of the CBP data series annually: Metropolitan Area data since 1993; ZIP Code Business Patterns since 1994; Puerto Rico data since 1998; and Island Areas data for American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the Virgin Islands of the U.S. since 2008. All of these files are available for free download through the CBP website.

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