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Census Business Builder (CBB)

The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format.

Version 5.4
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Version 5.4

Census Business Builder offers key data in a user-friendly interface.

Key Features

  • Easy to use menus and Search tools to select the location you’d like to research and nearly all types of businesses.
  • Interactive maps to browse and download data about the selected area and type of businesses.
  • A customizable dashboard that includes time series, geographic comparison, and geographic ranking charts.
  • Interactive and downloadable reports (including charts) that can be easily incorporated into your research.
  • Optimized for your smartphone or tablet.

What's New in Version 5.4

  • Added FEMA disaster areas to the prebuilt regions list in the region view. This allows users to view which counties are affected by specific disasters.
  • Added a date range picker for FEMA prebuilt regions.
  • Added island receipts to fill in Total Revenue of Employers variable in the businesses (annual) category for island geographies.
  • Add geography type filter for variable select and hide variables if they are not available.
  • Grey out categories if there are no available variables in the category.
  • Allow for custom basemaps to be used. Created a custom basemap for the Light Gray Vector and the Dark Gray Canvas to have better label contrast.
  • Added micro tours to the following components:
    • Detailed View
    • Industry Manager
    • Variable Select
    • Filter list
    • Legend
  • Geographies updated for current ACS data.
  • Added an “Add to Region” button in the geography search to quickly add geographies to the region without clicking on the map.
  • Enabled time series charts for consumer spending variables in the detailed view.
  • Added a hover highlight for geography when mousing over the map.


View flyers that provide an Overview of Census Business Builder.


Please email us at ewd.outreach@census.gov with your feedback on the tool, including what you like about it as well as what changes you’d like to see in future versions.

Page Last Revised - January 26, 2024
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