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American FactFinder: How do I find Economic Program data for a specific geography in Guided Search?

There are over 11 million geographies available in American FactFinder for the different Census Bureau Programs, including the Demographic (Decennial Census, American Community Survey, etc.) and the Economic Programs (Economic Census, County Business Patterns, etc.). You can narrow your search for data in American FactFinder to only those with Economic Program specific geographies by selecting an Economic Program dataset when you start your Guided Search.

Example: To search for data for geographies included in the 2009 Business Patterns:

  • Select “Guided Search” from the American FactFinder Main page.  If prompted, click “Get Me Started;”
  • In Step 1: Start, click on the option that states: “I'm looking for information from a specific dataset.” Click Next to move to Step 2: Dataset;
  • Follow the prompts to select a Program and Dataset:
    • Select a program: Business Patterns;
    • Select a dataset:  2009 Business Patterns;
    • 2009 Business Patterns will move to "Your Selections" and Guided Search will update and will only display items that are applicable to the 2009 Business Patterns.
    • Click Next to move to Step 3: Topics.  Select the topic(s) you're interested in. Click Next when you are done to move to Step: 4 Geographies.     Note: The number in parenthesis next to each topic represents the number of Search Results that are available for a topic.
      o Select the geographies you are interested in by using the text search or filtered geography search options.  If you use the filtered search option, be sure to click on the Add To Your Selections button before clicking on Next to move to the next Step.
      o Select the industry codes you are interested in, if applicable, by using the text search or filtered search options.  Click the Add to Your Selections button when selecting codes from the Industry Code Results with the checkboxes.
    • Click Next to see a list of the Search Results that are available for Your Selections.
  • Note: Guided Search Results are limited to display the top 10 Search Results available for Your Selections.  Click the Advanced Search link under the Search Results (or at the top of the page) to see all the Search Results that are available for Your Selections.


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