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About the Economic Census of Island Areas

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Learn More About the Economic Census of Each Island Area:

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Island Areas News Stories

The following coverage highlights travel by Census Bureau staff to the Island Areas to promote the 2017 Economic Census of the Island Areas and coordinate collection with local officials.

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Comparability

For 2017, the industry-specific questionnaires used for Puerto Rico will be extended to American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which previously used one questionnaire to cover all industries. This will allow for the collection of more detailed data for these territories. For all territories, some questions have been changed to match questions asked on stateside Economic Census questionnaires.

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Geographies

Geographic Area Coding

Accurate and complete information on the physical location of each establishment is required to tabulate the census data for municipalities, districts, towns, villages, counties, municipios, or islands. Respondents are required to report their physical location (street address or location description and municipality, district, town, village, county, municipio, or island) if it differs from their mailing address. For those establishments that do not provide acceptable information on physical location, location information may be derived from administrative records as a basis for coding.

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Geographic Coverage for the Economic Census of Island Areas

The level of geographic detail covered varies by island. Data may be presented for:

  • The Island (American Samoa (AS), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU), Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (VI))
  • County equivalent areas (districts (AS), municipalities (CNMI), election districts (GU), municipios (PR) and islands (VI))
       
  • Place equivalent areas (counties (AS) and towns (VI))
       
  • Planning Regions (Presented only for PR Geographic Area Series (GAS).)
       
  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (Presented only for PR construction and manufacturing industry series, including Combined Statistical Areas (Combined Areas) Metropolitan Statistical Areas (Metro Areas) and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (Micro Areas).) Almost all geographic areas (including places, counties, planning regions and metropolitan areas) will be published in the 2017 Economic Census as of January 1, 2017. Therefore, if a geographic entity has changed boundaries since that date, those changes will not be reflected in the 2017 Economic Census tabulations.

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Data

Electronic Data Files

Census data are available on the American FactFinder system. The system allows selective retrieval and downloading of the data.

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Island Area Snapshots

These snapshots provide key data from the Economic Census of Island Areas for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

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