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Local Area Analysis

Finding demographic and statistical information for states, counties, cities, townships, places, zip codes, and other geographical areas.

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Finding demographic and statistical information for states, counties, cities, townships, places, zip codes, and other geographical areas.

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County and City Extra
County and City Extra : Annual Metro, City, and County Data Book
"The County and City Extra family of books provides you with official, essential data for each U.S. State, county, metropolitan area, and for every U.S, city or town with a population above 25,000."

REF HA 203 .C68 2005

Business North Business North
A monthly business news service based in Duluth, MN, covers business and economic news in 17 counties of Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. Every year since 1994, they have produced their annual Directory of Business & Industry. This publication, vital for local business research, provides a comprehensive look at the region's economy with over 25 economic sectors ranked by revenues, workforce or profitability.

REF Folio HC 107 .M6 B875

Historical Statistics of the United States
Historical Statistics of the United States
To learn more about Historical Statistics of the United States, please visit the Historical Statistics of the United States website."

REF HA 202 .H57 2006 v. 1. Population
REF HA 202 .H57 2006 v. 2. Work and welfare
REF HA 202 .H57 2006 v. 3. Economic structure and performance
REF HA 202 .H57 2006 v. 4. Economic sectors
REF HA 202 .H57 2006 v. 5 Government and international relations.
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The Lifestyle Market Analyst

The Lifestyle Market Analyst
Published in conjunction with NDL (National Demographics & Lifestyles). Provides extensive lifestyle data on interests, activities, and hobbies within specific geographic and demographic markets.

REF HF 5415.33 .U6 L54 2007

The Lifestyle Market Analyst

Minnesota Population Projections 2000 – 2006
"Minnesota's population is projected to grow 5,452,500 by 2010 and 6,268,200 by 2030. This growth will be fueld by in-migration from other states and foreign countries and by natural increase (more births than deaths)..."

REF HB 3525 .M6 M45 2002

Places, Towns and Townships

Places, Towns, and Townships
Presents demographic and economic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and other government sources for places, cities, towns, villages, census designated places, and minor civil divisions. Contains more than 60 data categories.

REF HT 101 .P52 2007

Sourcebook of Zipcode Demographics

Sourcebook of Zip code Demographics
Presents detailed statistical profiles of every ZIP code in America, based on the 1990 census. Each profile contains data on more than 70 variables.

REF HA 203 .S677 2003

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2006
The sixth edition of the State and Metropolitan Data Book continues to provide the most complete source of comprehensive and useful information about the nation's individual states and metropolitan areas. This edition features the latest information so that researches and users can easily see the trends and changes affecting everyone today.

REF HA 202 .S84 2006

State Profiles: The Population and Economy of Each U.S. State

State Profiles: The Population and Economy of Each U.S. State
Presents charts, tables, and text in an eight-page profile for each state. Covers population, labor force, income, poverty, employment, wages, industry, trade, housing, education, health, taxes, and government finances.

REF HA 203 .S725 2002

Who Who, What, and Where of America

Who Who, What, and Where of America
The Who, What, and Where of America: Understanding the Census series creates an understanding of Census 2000 long-form data. The former director of the U.S. Census Bureau has written expert and engaging analysis to accompany these data, allowing researchers of any level to learn what Census 2000 data tell us about who we are, what we do, and where we live."

REF HA 201.122 .W46 2003


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American FactFinder
American FactFinder
The U.S. Census Bureau's source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data drawn from the official census.




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
      • Click here to create an account and start using
Atlas of Minnesota, Online Edition

Atlas of Minnesota, Online Edition
The Atlas of Minnesota Online features updated maps and data with interactive online maps based on the Atlas 2nd Edition. Published through a partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Blandin Foundation.


Beige Book Archive
District banks have been printing summaries of the economic conditions in their districts since 1970. Initially this “Red Book” was prepared for policymakers only and was not intended for public consumption. It was made public in 1983. To mark this change, the color of the cover was changed and the publication became known as the Beige Book.

The Beige Book is released two weeks prior to each FOMC meeting eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its district through reports from bank and branch directors and interviews with key businessmen, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by district and sector. It is not a commentary on the views of Federal Reserve officials

US Census Bureau Building Permits
"The Census Bureau stopped collecting residential building permits data for additions, alterations, and renovations effective April 2006. Permits data for March 2006 will be released on April 26, 2006 and will be the last monthly report that provides information on residential permits for additions, alterations, and renovations. Annual information for 2005, scheduled for release on May 1, 2006, will be the last annual report that provides this information. The Census Bureau has terminated the collection of these data because of low response rates, significant data quality problems, resource constraints, and a very limited number of users."

Community Information by Zip code (California State University)


Compare Minnesota
See how Minnesota stacks up against any combination of states. With these interactive graphics, you can select, visualize and download data on dozens of key performance indicators.

US Census Bureau County Business Patterns
County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning.
US Census Bureau Demographic Trends in the 20th Century: Census 2000 Special Reports pdf
  DMA Profiles & Maps
US Census Bureau
Economic Census
Detailed reports from the 2002 Economic Census and links to previous profiles the US economy, from the national to the local level.
  Economic Data for States
  Ninth District Data
Economic Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on the Ninth District, including analysis and forecasts of general economy, agriculture, manufacturing, service firms, and business polls. Also includes district data of monthly summaries, agriculture, banking, construction and real estate, manufactured exports, labor markets, natural resources, and mid-cap stock indices.

FedStats : MapStats
FedStats is the new window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. Use the Internet's powerful linking and searching capabilities to track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. Access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them.


An economic information portal for librarians and students.


Local Market Audience Analyst

Local Market Audience Analyst is a consumer market research tool that delivers sophisticated demographic, segmentation, and targeting data for media planners and consumer marketers. 

  • Quickly learn about new markets
  • Better understand target audiences, their behaviors, and lifestyles
  • Access detailed reports and maps

Click a report to the left to get started, or click here to view video tutorials. 
Market Profile Reports
– explore by market, gaining insight into the demographic makeup and high-indexing behaviors of individual DMAs or counties.
Lifestyle Analysis Reports
– explore by lifestyle behavior, gaining insight into related behaviors, cross-sell/synergy opportunities, and market potential.
Demographics Reports
– explore by demographic variable, gaining market-by-market insight into where to find your key audiences.
PRIZM Reports
– explore using industry-standard PRIZM groupings, gaining unique insight into the household makeup and lifestyle traits of your target audiences.
The reports in the Local Market Audience Analyst are great sources of information for demographic market research for Metro areas in the United States. What do they look like?   Click here for an example.

Watch this video to better understand this database.
NOTE: This database  requires the use of the Internet Explorer web browser. Instructions for specific versions of Internet Explorer: 
IE 7, 8, 9, 
IE 10, 
IE 11
SRDS Service Guides
SRDS PRIZM Groups Definitions
SRDS Claritas Prizm
DMA Profile & Maps   

Minnesota Pro

Search for Minnesota Property

Reference USA
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.
Regional Economic Accounts
Regional Economic Accounts
Data gathered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) detailing state and local personal income, gross state product, regional input-output modeling systems, BEA's Regional FACT sheets (BEARFACTS), and BEA Economic areas.
US Census Bureau State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2006pdf
The SMADB is a convenient summary of statistics on the social and economic structure of the states, metropolitan areas, and micropolitan areas in the United States. It is designed to serve as a statistical reference and guide to other data publications and sources.
US Census Bureau State Median Income
View income reports frin American Community Survey on state median family income by family size or by numbers of earners in family in excel and html versions. View Annual Social and Economic Supplement reprots on income of households by state using 2-year or 3-year average medians.
US Census Bureau

The Statistical Abstract : The National Data Book
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations

US Census Bureau

The Statistical Abstract : State Rankings

US Census Bureau

Statistical Abstract: Historical Statistics

US Census Bureau : US Counties

US Counties
USA Counties features over 6,000 data items for the United States, States and counties from a variety of sources. Files include data published for 2005 estimates and many items from the 2000 Census of Population and Housing, the 1990 census, the 1980 census and the 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 economic censuses.

US Census Bureau

Zip Code Statistics

  Zip Code Boundary Map
See also: State and Local



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