See Also: Community Economic Profiles/Data Sources
- American Demographics - Excellent source of information on consumer trends and changing demographics. For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- Census Data on the WEB - Detailed local Census data is readily available free through the World Wide Web. Census data can be retrieved at several geographic levels (state, county, city, village, township, census tract, zip code, and congressional district). For an example of how to retrieve data from the Census Factfiner web site, please view one of the PowerPoint presentations prepared by the CCED in the Community Indicators section of this web site.
- Census of Retail Trade: Online Data to Analyze Business Opportunities - Provides data useful in analyzing actual business activity at the community level.For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- Consumer Expenditure Survey - Detailed information about the spending habits of American households -- how much people spend on food? clothing? housing? medical care? entertainment? Expenditure information related to specific consumer characteristics (i.e. income, ag,e size, and type of family). For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- Community Indicators - A new series of fact sheets to be released monthly in 2003 that are intended to stimulate thoughtful dialogue about your community. They can help identify potential issues, opportunities and problems facing your community and include easy-to-use template that will enable even novice users to access, input, and display data in a presentatoin-ready Excel!" format.
- County Business Patterns - Online - Direct online access to the 1994 edition of County Busines Patterns (CBP). For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- Economic Research Service, USDA - This site provides outstanding reports, data, and maps that concentrate on non-metro areas and provides a better understanding of what it means to be "rural".
- The Encyclopedia of Associations - One of the best places to begin the search for information on a business or industry. For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here
- Estimating Retail Sales Per Square Foot - A useful method and data source to analyze retail potential.
Forward Wisconsin - Forward Wisconsin is a unique public-private state marketing and business recruitment organization. Their job is marketing outside Wisconsin to attract new businesses, jobs and increased economic activity to the state. Forward Wisconsin was created in 1984 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and has an annual budget of approximately $1 million. Private sector contributors provide more than half of that funding, with the balance coming from the State of Wisconsin. For access to the LocationOne Data Base (LOIS), with information on Wisconsin's communities, industrial sites and vacant buildings, click here! This database was licensed for use by all Wisconsin communities by Forward Wisconsin in 2005.
- Mapping Census Data - The TIGER Map Service (TMS) project provides good-quality regional and street level maps with simple GIS (Geographic Information Systems) capabilities. For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- Site Analysis Using Wisconsin Highway Traffic Data - Highway traffic volume provides a useful measure of activity for retail trade analysis.
- Trade Area Analyst LT Software - Trade Area Analyst LT uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to map data collected by zip codes. While GIS is a powerful technology with many uses, the purpose of GIS in this application is to transform simple database information into a map format. Performing this transformation allows the user to view the spatial arrangement of the tabular data and discover relationships that may not be readily apparent in a database. Although other desktop GIS software packages exist, the learning curve for these systems can be steep. Furthermore, these packages can be expensive and contain many functions the average user will never need. Trade Area Analyst LT takes a commonly used GIS application and puts it into a dedicated, easy-to-use software package.
- 2002 State and Local Sales and Use Tax Report: Wisconsin Department of Revenue - This report provides information on State, Stadium, and County Sales and Use Taxes. This includes the number of filers, taxable/gross receipts, and amount of Sales and Use taxes collected. This data is sorted by business code and county. You can also download County Sales and Use Tax information as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
U.S. Government Information Sharing Project - Oregon State University provides free easy Web access to an extensive collection of demographic, economic and educational government data sources. For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- U.S. Statistical Abstract - The National Data Book -- Online - Published since 1878, the Statistical Abstract, provides summaries of a wide variety of social, political, and economic statistics. The focus of the Statistical Abstract is national data. However, many of the data tables include state and regional statistics. For a brief description of how you might use this data source, please see our review by clicking here.
- Wisconsin Economic Summit III - H undreds of leaders from business, labor, government, education and the non-profit sectors came together to promote Wisconsin's economy and move Wisconsin forward, October, 2002. Click here to go to the white papers presented at the conference.
- Wisconsin Labor Market Information (6'th edition, 2004) - County Workforce Profiles of Wisconsin are available through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Profiles include narrative, tables, and charts detailing county-level labor markets in the State of Wisconsin. Each profile was developed by one of eight Regional Labor Market Analysts who are experts on labor market issues and trends in their respective counties. County Workforce Profiles cover the following subjects: county population, largest industries and employers, industry change, community patterns, and wages and income. These county workforce profiles are available to the public through this web site.
Population Estimates: Wisconsin Department of Administration -
The Demographic Services Center offers Wisconsin Population Estimates arranged by County and MCD as well as Population Projections for all Wisconsin Towns, Villages and Cities sorted by Total Population and County Population Projections sorted by Total Population, Sex and 5-Year Age Groups, and Sex and Broad Age Groups. You can download most of these files as Adobe Acrobat pdf files or as Microsoft Excel worksheets.