Visualization: County Business Patterns (CBP)

Each year the United States Census Bureau publishes County Business Patterns (CBP). The Bureau describes the data as follows:

County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. This data is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for other 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. 1

This interactive visualization presents this data back to 2005, for NAICS code 00, which is “Total for All Sectors.” This data is for all establishment sizes, and for all forms of legal organization.

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  1. United States Census Bureau. County Business Patterns (CBP). Available at