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How can I find out the number of busineses for various geographic areas or industries?

You can find the number of business establishments by consulting these Census Bureau sources: 

  • County Business Patterns (annual, by industry for all sectors, for the United States, states, metro areas, counties, and ZIP Codes; number of establishments by size, employment, and payroll for businesses with paid employees).
  • Economic Census (years ending in 2 and 7, by industry for selected sectors, for the United States and states, metro areas, counties, cities, and ZIP Codes; number of establishments, employment, payroll, sales or receipts for businesses with paid employees). 2007 Economic Census data for local areas will be published in 2010. In the interim, see 2002 Economic Census data.)
  • Nonemployer Statistics - businesses without paid employees (annual, by industry for selected sectors, for the United States, states, metro areas, and counties).

For the number of business firms (as opposed to individual establishments or locations), see:

  • Statistics of U.S. Businesses (annual, by industry for the U.S., by subsector for states, by sector for metropolitan areas; shows number of firms with paid employees, employment, and payroll by employment-size of enterprise).
  • Survey of Business Owners (years ending in 2 and 7, by industry for selected sectors, by gender, and by race and ethnicity, for the United States and states, metro areas, counties, and cities; total number of firms (including nonemployers) and total receipts; number of employer firms, employment, payroll, receipts).
The Census Bureau cannot provide lists of individual businesses.  This information is protected from disclosure under Title 13, US Code.  Lists may be available from obtained business-oriented Internet sites.

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