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Local Information in Databases

American Factfinder

The U.S. Census Bureau's source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data drawn from the official United States Census. You can find Census information for counties, cities, and zip codes.

Business Analyst Online (BAO) is a Web-based solution that makes custom site evaluation and market analysis fast and easy. Utilizing extensive demographic, consumer spending, and business data, BAO provides detailed information and insights about consumers, their lifestyles and buying behavior, and businesses in your market area.

With BAO, you can:

  • Analyze trade areas, competition, supply and demand
  • Evaluate sites
  • Determine population within a specific drive-time or distance
  • Identify and segment customers
  • Reach your customers more effectively
  • Explore markets in the US


County Business Patterns

Annual update to the "Economic Census" (Link) which shows economic activity for each industry sector by county. Now also includes metro areas and zip codes.

ReferenceUSA

Directory of U.S. business. Lists size of company, year established, type of business, credit rating, top personnel, yearly sales and more. Data can be searched by name of company, name of officers, geographic area, SIC, size, revenue or any combination. Its geographic search allows you to focus in on any US local area.

SRDS Media Solutions

Find advertising rates and circulation information for more than 100,000 U.S. and international media properties including magazines, newspapers, radio, tv/cable, and more.

ALSO INCLUDES CURRENT ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THE "LIFESTYLE MARKET ANALYST" WITH DEMOGRAPHICS AND PSYCHOGRAPHICS OF DMAs AND COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

NOTE: Local Market Analyst works in Internet Explorer ONLY.

SRDS Service Guides
SRDS PRIZM Groups Definitions
SRDS Claritas Prizm

 

Launch Pad Links Related to Local Information

Minnesota Business on Launch Pad

Links related to starting a Minnesota business or links of interest to Minnesota businesses.

Minnesota Tourism on Launch Pad

Links containing statistics and narrative on local and state of Minnesota tourism.

State and Local Information on Launch Pad

A more comprehensive list of links of informational sources related to state and local information. Study these links carefully!

 

Local Newspapers and Business Publications

BusinessNorth

Covers business news in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin.

Duluth News-Tribune

Full text articles going back to 1995. Must have a Duluth Public Library card to use this database.

NewsStand

Over 300 newspapers in full text including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Contains many local newspapers from around the country, with significant business content.

Regional Business News

Full text of local business publications from around the country.

Star Tribune

Full text of articles from the major newspaper in Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

 

Local Reference Sources

Area Organizations Related to Economic Development

Many of these area organizations may have data, statistics or narrative reports on their websites. You can contact them for additional information.

Arrowhead Links

Large collection of area links, listed by county and city.

DemographicsUSA County Data 2008

Demographic data on the county level.

DemographicsUSA Zip Code Data 2008

Demographic data on the zip code level.

Minnesota Community Profiles

Click on the "Community Profiles" section of this site and then select the city of your choice.

Northland Connection

Excellent economic development information related to the Arrowhead Region and Douglas County, WI.

Wikipedia

The Wikipedia has evolved into a respected reference source over the years and many medium sized and larger cities have excellent articles. Counties too. And the links cited can be good sources of information too.

 

Local Legal Information

Minnesota State Law Library: County and Municipal Ordinances

Find Duluth or other Minnesota ordinances, some of which, may impact business.

Wisconsin Ordinances & Codes

Find Superior or other Wisconsin ordinances, some of which, may impact business.

Minnesota State law

Find Minnesota laws and regulations that may impact business.

Wisconsin state law

Find Wisconsin laws and regulations that may impact business.

Codes in other states: Municode Library

Find city or county ordinances, in other states, which may impact business.

 

Last Update: April 14, 2012

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