The Census Bureau collects a wide variety of data on U.S. businesses. To find the data you are interested in, you should begin your search by identifying most or all of the following 5 items.
Data are classified according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
The economic census presents statistics for the Nation, States, Metropolitan Areas, Counties, Places and ZIP Codes. However, geographic coverage varies from sector to sector. The greatest variety of statistics and the most detailed classifications usually are published at the national level.
Note: Data for some industries are not collected at the establishment level, and therefore data are not available for every geographic level.
See the data items by sector table.
Most statistics are published in terms of establishments. There are a few tables that show firms or enterprises in the Establishment and Firm Size tables, as well as in ancillary programs, including the Survey of Business Owners and the Statistics of U.S. Businesses.
Most tables from the economic census only include data for establishments with paid employees. Data for establishments without paid employees, or nonemployers, are released separately.
One table, Economy-Wide Key Statistics includes data for all employers, as well as all industry sectors by geographic area.