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ENTR: McGuire Center Entrepreneurial Research Guide

Government data

  • ProQuest Statistical Insight: This library database is a useful source for facts and figures. You can find statistics from federal agencies, state governments, and private and academic sources.

  • Data and Statistics, is the U.S. government's official web portal. Topics on its Data and Statistics page include Business and Economics and Jobs and Education.

  • American FactFinder: A portal for U.S. Census data, with Community Facts obtainable by state, county, city, or ZIP code.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau website also has QuickFacts and County Business Patterns, for very good data on competition (e.g., numbers of a certain type of firm). To view Industry Snapshots, enter a NAICS code in the search box (e.g., 451211 for book stores). Industry Snapshots provide key statistics such as:

    • Number of establishments in an industry

    • Total sales

    • Sales per capita

    • Employees per establishment

    • A map showing where sales, establishments, and populations are concentrated in the U.S.

There's also a Compare Your Business to Industry Averages feature. Look for the link above the Key Industry Statistics chart. 

  • National Science Foundation: Collects and publishes a wide range of excellent data related to science, technology, and the economy, including federal government funding, industry research, workforce statistics, educational spending, etc.

Education data

Business data

  • Useful for city stats.

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets: Explore a vast collection of US and international statistics in Data-Planet Statistical Datasets. With this dynamic tool, you can scan and search the contents of billions of datasets, compare and contrast variables of interest, and create customized views in tables, maps, rankings, and charts. 

  • ValuationResources: A general site, somewhat difficult to navigate, with data relevant to ratios and other valuation factors.