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Historical Data


County Business Patterns has been produced as a consistent, annual series since 1964 and ZIP Code Business Patterns since 1994. Printed reports were published annually through 2004 and at irregular intervals dating back to 1946. Printed volumes in major depository libraries are the only forms in which data are available prior to 1986.

Data Disks

Given the ease of accessing this data via the Internet through American FactFinder or .csv files the Census Bureau no longer produces data disks or publications for the County Business Patterns series. Complete County Business Patterns series data are available on disc (CD-ROM/DVD-ROM) for 1986-2004. These data discs include software for creating County Business Patterns data files compatible with popular database and spreadsheet software. You can order County Business Patterns data disks from the Census Catalog.

ZIP Code Business Patterns data are available on data disks for 1994-2004. You can also order ZBP data disks from the Census Catalog.

To order by phone, contact the Census Bureau's Marketing Services Office at 301-763-INFO (4636).


For frequently asked questions (FAQs) visit Ask.Census.Gov or click the FAQs tab at the top of the screen. This link will open a new page within this window. Enter 'CBP' or 'County Business Patterns' into the search box to narrow the results.

For more information, contact the County Business Patterns staff at (301)763-2580 or by email.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | County Business Patterns | (301) 763-2580 |  Last Revised: May 27, 2015