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Economic Census

Geographic Updates

The 2012 Economic Census will reflect changes in the geographic areas recognized by the Census Bureau. These changes include:

More data for small communities

For the 2007 Economic Census, a cutoff of 5,000 or more population or jobs was used to identify the economic places valid for publication. For the 2012 Economic Census, these cutoffs have been reduced to 2,500, resulting in nearly 5,000 new places to be published in the Census. The 2012 Economic Census will also reflect any boundary and/or title changes for counties, economic places, and other geographic areas.

Metro Areas classification

The metro areas published in the 2012 Economic Census will be those delineated by the Office of Management and Budget in 2013 based in part on the results of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. New areas will qualify and the boundaries and/or titles of many existing areas will change.

Geographic Components

For the 2012 Economic Census, data for selected geographic areas will now be published in American FactFinder using Geographic Component codes. These include:

  • Areas Outside Metro Areas (non-Metros)
  • Statewide areas
  • Offshore Areas

See the FactFinder Help for more information on geographic selection.

New Counties in Alaska

The 2012 Economic Census will now include 6 new or changed county equivalents in Alaska that were identified and adopted after the 2007 Economic Census. They are:

  • Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Skagway Municipality (previously Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area)
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough (comprised of part of this same county equivalent in 2007)
  • Petersburg Census Area and Wrangel City and Borough (previously Wrangel-Petersburg Census Area
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (comprised of part of the 2007 Ketchikan Gateway Borough plus all of Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area)

Puerto Rico Planning Areas

The 2007 Economic Census of Island Areas published data for Commercial Regions in Puerto Rico, which were defined as groupings of two or more municipios. For the 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas, these areas have been replaced with Planning Regions. See PR Planning Regions for a comparison of these areas.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Planning and Coordination Division | 1-877-790-1876 | Last Revised: March 05, 2015