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Census Bureau Resources for Small Business

The U.S. Census Bureau measures America’s people, places and economy. We provide a wealth of statistics that are essential resources to help small businesses to succeed and grow.

Know Your Customers, Suppliers and Competitors

Statistics About Business Size

Find data on employers vs. nonemployers, employment size of firms and establishments, and firms by receipts size.

Statistics of U.S. Businesses

Find annual data for businesses by size, number of firms, employment and payroll down to the county level.

Annual Business Survey 

Find information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.

County Business Patterns

Find annual information about establishments with paid employees down to the county level.

Nonemployer Statistics

Find annual information about businesses with no paid employees down to the county level.

Economic Census

Use as a valuable complement to annual current survey data. Updated every 5 years; includes the number of establishments; employment and payroll; and the only source of local area business revenue.

Government Statistics

Learn about government activity within your community. Includes financial activities of state and local governments such as revenues, expenditures, debt and assets; federal spending; and employment for all levels of government.

Learn About Your Customers and Community

Local Employment Dynamics

Speedy access to information that determines net job gains and losses by quarter; where workers are employed and where they live; the top industries for your local area and your local labor force.

American Community Survey (ACS)

Find a wealth of information about your community. Access to annually updated data on age, race, income, labor force, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data down to the census block group.

2010 Census

Quickly identify the size of your market using counts of the nations’ population. These data include age, sex, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing ownership.

Learn About Your Industry

Industry Search

Find available data for and about your industry in one single query. Simply enter a keyword in the search box to find reports providing data for your industry … and more!

Know Your Business Environment

Economic Indicator Database

Quickly find data about the economy in a customizable and downloadable format.

Regional Data Centers

Call or visit the Regional Data Center in your local Census Bureau Regional Office for local data assistance, workshops, and presentations.

Connect With the Census Bureau

Work with a small business acquisition specialist to find contracting opportunities for your business.

Go Global

Foreign Trade Statistics

Identify potential business markets and overseas trade opportunities. These data provide monthly measures of imports and exports of more than 15,000 commodities, by port, by country of origin or destination, and by state of origin or destination. census.gov/foreign-trade

Page Last Revised - November 28, 2023
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