Data From the Nation's Businesses

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Meet James When it was time for James to open his second restaurant in the Philadelphia metro area, he used U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics – that are free and available online.
Meet James When it was time for James to open his second restaurant in the Philadelphia metro area, he used U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics – that are free and available online.
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As part of the Census Bureau's mission to provide timely information on the health of the U.S. economy, the Economic Census serves as the most comprehensive source of data related to business activity.

In early May, approximately 3.5 million businesses covering most industries and geographic areas of the United States will receive a letter with instructions to access the online survey.

The Economic Census is important for your industry, your community, and your business.

Statistics from our surveys provide policymakers with the evidence-based information used to help make sound programmatic decisions.

Federal agencies rely on our data as the basis for key measures of economic activity, such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs), and the Producer Price Index (PPI).

Trade and business associations along with Chambers of Commerce rely on Economic Census data to measure key business facts they can use to gauge organizational structure and product trends.

Individual businesses use our data to guide decisions about operating sites, capital investments, and product development.

Meet James

When it was time for James to open his second restaurant in the Philadelphia metro area, he used U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics – that are free and available online. With industry trends and zip code-level data, he identified a location with high potential for growth. Where Did These Statistics Come From? They came from small business owners like James who responded to Census Bureau surveys. Together, their data fueled the local, state, and national statistics used for planning and decision making. Watch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rahh49oHHJo