"I’m with the government and I’m here to help your business! NO really!”

The Government division of the Census Bureau, is open to the public and they want to HELP YOU target a market, find competition in your industry or even complementary businesses.  The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality censusmobiledata about the nation’s people and economy and it is available to the public online. Who knew that all of that data the government collects is actually available to you to help you make decisions about your business. Check out these tools on the US Census Bureau’s websites:

American Fact Finder: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Census Business Builder: https://www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html

The Census Bureau also will provide free workshops and training on their data, answer your census data questions, they will exhibit, and even provide materials about their data.

US Census Bureau

peopleThe United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System responsible for producing data about the American people and economy.

The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people. Our population statistics come from decennial censuses, which count the entire U.S. population every ten years, along with several other surveys.

The primary mission of the Census Bureau is conducting the U.S. Census every ten years, which allocates the seats of the U.S. House of Representatives to the states based on their population. In addition to the decennial census, the Census Bureau continually conducts dozens of other censuses and surveys, including the American Community Survey, the U.S. Economic Census, and the Current Population Survey.  Furthermore, economic and foreign trade indicators released by the federal government typically contain data produced by the Census Bureau. The various censuses and surveys conducted by the Census Bureau help allocate over $400 billion in federal funds every year and help states, local communities, and businesses make informed decisions.

The Census Bureau is situated within the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States. (taken from Wikipedia.org)

Uses of census data

Many federal, state, local and tribal governments use census data to:

  • Decide the location of new housing and public facilities,
  • Examine the demographic characteristics of communities, states, and the USA,
  • Plan transportation systems and roadways,
  • Determine quotas and creation of police and fire precincts, and
  • Create localized areas for elections, schools, utilities, etc.
  • Gathers population information every 10 years 

If you are looking for a good location to open to up your business or even looking for good areas to target the Census Bureau may be able to help you. Contact Noemi Mendez at 215-737-1834 or noemi.mendez@census.gov. Go to Census.gov for data.