Guide to the
1997 Economic Census
The Economic Census provides a detailed portrait of the Nation's economy once every
five years, from the national to the local level.
The 1997 Economic Census covers nearly all of the U.S. economy in its basic collection
of establishment statistics. There also are several related programs, including statistics
on minority- and women-owned businesses. Censuses of agriculture and governments are
conducted at the same time.
Results from the census are available on the Internet and on CD-ROM. Only a few
summary reports have been issued in print.
This guide primarily describes the products of the 1997 Economic Census. To see changes coming in
the future, see the Guide to the 2002 Economic Census.
on the structure and organization of this material are welcome.