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Census of Agriculture

Profiles the agricultural sector of the U.S. economy. Taken every 5 years, in years ending in "2" and "7."

2002 Census of Agriculture

Conducted by and available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service,
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Census_of_Agriculture/index.asp

Updated 6/28/06.

1997 Census of Agriculture

Available online from two sources:

  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    http://www.nass.usda.gov/census/
    • Reports are in PDF format. Cannot be customized.
    • Reports include:
      • National, State, and County Tables
      • State and County Profiles
      • Ranking of Congressional Districts (selected statistics)
      • Census Rankings of States and Counties
      • Commodity Rankings by Market Value of Agricultural Sales
      • Zip Code Tabulations for selected items (in Lotus spreadsheet WK3 format)
      • 1997 Agricultural Atlas of the United States

  2. GovStats, from Oregon State University Libraries
    http://govinfo.library.orst.edu/php/agri/index.php
    • Reports/combinations of variables pre-determined (cannot customize reports).
    • Can retrieve tables for counties only.
    • Each table presents data from 1997, 1992, and 1987.

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1992 Census of Agriculture

Available online from two sources:

  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture
    http://www.nass.usda.gov/census/census92/agrimenu.htm
    • Most tables and reports are in PDF format. Cannot be customized.
    • Reports include
      • Geographic Area Series (data for the U.S., for each state and each county)
      • State and County Highlights
      • Congressional Districts
      • 1992 Agricultural Atlas of the United States

  2. GovStats, from Oregon State University Libraries
    http://govinfo.library.orst.edu/php/agri/index.php
    • Reports/combinations of variables pre-determined (cannot customize reports).
    • Can retrieve tables for counties only.
    • Each table presents data from 1997, 1992, and 1987.

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1987 Census of Agriculture

Available from GovStats, from Oregon State University Libraries
http://govinfo.library.orst.edu/php/agri/index.php

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Economic Census

Profiles most sectors of the U.S. economy. Taken every 5 years, in years ending in "2" and "7."

1997 Economic Census

Available online from two different Census Bureau web sites:
  1. Census Bureau 1997 Economic Census pages
    http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/econ97.html
    • There are reports for...
      • Sectors
      • States (Geographic Area Series)
      • Industry
      • Subject
    • Additional tables (all html):
      • 1997 data by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for the U.S., states, counties, and metro areas.
      • 1997 and 1992 data by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) for the U.S. and states
      • Bridge Between NAICS and SIC (national level data only)
    • Guide to the 1997 Economic Census available at: http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/guide.html

  2. Census Bureau's American Fact Finder
    http://factfinder.census.gov/
    • Economic Census links near bottom of page, under "FactFinder Data Sources."
    • Can build "Geography Quick Reports" or "Industry Quick Reports" by choosing individual variables. Can also choose "Detailed Statistics."
    • Data shown as html tables.

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1992 Economic Census

Available from two sites:
  1. GovStats, from the Oregon State University Libraries
    http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/php/econ_census_92/home.php
    • Reports/combinations of variables pre-determined (cannot customize reports).
    • Data are available at the following geographic levels:
      • States
      • Counties
      • Places with population greater than 2500
      • Metropolitan Statistical Areas
    • Statistics for:
      • Retail trade
      • Wholesale trade
      • Taxable service industries
      • Tax-exempt service industries
      • Transportation, communications, and utilities
      • Finance, insurance, and real estate
      • Manufactures
      • Mineral industries
      • Construction industries
      • Minority- and women-owned businesses
      • Available at the state level: rankings of counties and places for different sectors of the economy
  2. U.S. Census Bureau
    http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/92result.html
    • Can retrieve comparative statistics, by SIC code, for 1997 and 1992 for the U.S. and for states.
    • Links to PDF files of 1992 reports, both Geographic and Area series.
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Other economic data from the Census Bureau

Annual Survey of Manufactures

Available from the Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/mcd/asmhome.html

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Census Bureau Economic Programs

Links to many economic indicators and reports published by the Bureau.

Available from the Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/econ/www/index.html

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Consolidated Federal Funds Report

Federal Government expenditures or obligations for all states, counties and subcounty areas of the U.S.

Available online from two sources:

  1. CenStats
    http://tier2.census.gov/cffr/cffr.htm
    • Data for 1996 and 1997.
    • "Comparison" feature allows you to compare a single variable across multiple geographic locations at the same geographic level (i.e. all counties in a state).
    • Can look up funds by agency for a specific geographic location.

  2. Government Information Sharing Project
    http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/cffr-stateis.html
    • Data for fiscal years 1987 through 1996.
    • Need to select geographic area first, then year.
    • Reports available:
      • At state level: summary, by federal agency, or by kinds of expenditures/obligations
      • At county level: summary and detailed
      • At subcounty level: summary

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County Business Patterns

Employment data by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) or North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for the US, all states, and all counties.

Available online from two sources:

  1. CenStats
    1993-1997 (Reports use the Standard Industrial Classification)
    http://censtats.census.gov/cbpsic/cbpsic.shtml
    • Data for 1993-1997.
    • Need to select a state, then a county.
    • County total and specific industry (up to 4-digit SIC) figures on:
      • number of establishments (i.e. businesses)
      • number of employees
      • payroll (first quarter and annual)
      • number of establishments by size (1-4 employees, 5-9 employees, etc.)
    • Data available for SIC classes at 3 levels, from SIC division (general) to 3-4- digit (detailed).
    • Comparison feature allows you to compare a single SIC code across multiple geographic locations at the same geographic level (i.e. all counties in a state).
    • The default year displayed is the most recent year for which there's data. To view data for other years, click on the "Change Year" button at the bottom of the screen.
    • Additional info about database available from http://tier2.census.gov/cbp/info.html

    1998 - (Reports use the North American Industry Classification System)
    http://censtats.census.gov/cbpnaic/cbpnaic.shtml

    • Data starting from 1998 to the most recent year for which data are publicly available.
    • Need to select a state, then a county.
    • County total and specific industry (up to 5- and 6-digit NAICS code) figures for
      • number of establishments (i.e. businesses)
      • number of employees
      • payroll (first quarter and annual)
      • number of establishments by size (except for major industry NAICS code)
    • Comparison feature allows you to compare a single NAICS class across multiple geographic locations at the same geographic level (i.e. all counties in a state).
    • The default year displayed is the most recent year for which there's data. To view data for other years, click on the "Change Year" button at the bottom of the screen.
    • Additional info about database available from http://tier2.census.gov/cbp/info.html

  2. Geostat: Univ of Virginia Library's Geospatial and Statistical Data Center
    http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/cbp/
    • Data for 1987-1998 (though newer data may not be available for all geographic levels). Can select multiple years to include in a single report.
    • Data can be displayed to a web browser or sent via ftp.
    • For 1987-1997, data available for SIC classes at division and 2-digit level. Can select multiple divisions and 2-digit SICs to be included in a single report.
    • Beginning in 1998, data available for NAICS classes.
    • Must select one or more of the following variables to include in report:
      • number of establishments (i.e. businesses)
      • number of employees
      • payroll (first quarter and annual)
      • number of establishments by size (1-4 employees, 5-9 employees, etc.)
    • Data available at national, state, and county levels.
    • Can get reports that include data for all counties within a state, for multiple counties within a state, or for individual counties.

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Regional Economic Information System (REIS)

Estimates of personal income and per capita personal income; compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Available online from two sources:

  1. Government Information Sharing Project
    http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/reis-stateis.html
    • Data for 1969-1997 (though date coverage varies somewhat depending on reports).
    • Reports/data include:
      • BEARFACTS, a two-page narrative summary of economic information and changes in the economy (not available for Economic Areas)
      • Employment, measured as the sum of the number of full-time and part-time jobs, by SIC division
      • Farm income and expenses
      • Personal income by major source and labor and proprietors' earnings by standard industrial classification (SIC) 2-digit industry
      • Projections of employment, earnings, population and personal income to the year 2045 (not available for counties)
      • Regional Economic Profile, with general economic data by place of residence and place of work
      • Transfer payments (payments by government and business to individuals and nonprofit institutions) by major program
    • Data are available for the following geographic levels:
      • U.S.
      • States
      • Counties
      • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA/PMSA/CMSA)
      • BEA-defined Economic Areas-Metropolitan areas or similar areas that serve as centers of economic activity and surrounding counties economically related to the centers

  2. Geostat: Univ of Virginia Library's Geospatial and Statistical Data Center
    http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/reis/
    • Data for 1969-1998 (though date coverage varies somewhat depending on reports).
    • Data can be displayed to a web browser or sent via ftp.
    • Can view all variables at once, or can select specific variables from the following categories:
      • Personal income by major source and earnings by industry
      • Total full- and part-time employment by industry
      • Regional economic profiles
      • Transfer payments
      • Farm income and expenses
    • Data are available for the following geographic levels (can choose multiple regions, counties, etc, within each geographic level):
      • U.S.
      • Regions
      • States
      • Counties
      • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA/PMSA/CMSA)
      • BEA-defined Economic Areas-Metropolitan areas or similar areas that serve as centers of economic activity and surrounding counties economically related to the centers

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U.S. Import and Export History

Value and quantity of commodities imported or exported from 1994 to 1998.

Available from the Government Information Sharing Project
http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/impexp.html

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U.S. International Trade Statistics

Monthly export and import data for prior and current year for country of destination (for goods leaving the US) and country of origin (for goods entering the US).

Available from CenStats
http://tier2.census.gov/sitc/sitcpage.htm

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Zip Code Business Patterns

Employment data by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) by ZIP code.

Available from CenStats
http://censtats.census.gov/cbpnaic/cbpnaic.shtml

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