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Tools for TAPs

Companion LibGuide to Hands-On Tools session at the 2017 Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable Conference.

About Census Data

The Census Bureau collects a wide variety of socio-economic data on United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. For P2 TAPs, the County Business Patterns Database contains a wealth of information about specific industrial sectors including number of establishments, number of employees, and total payroll. These data provide more complete information about the size and economic impact of specific manufacturing sectors which are not readily apparent from looking at environmental data like TRI.

County Business Patterns (Economic Data by Industry Sector)

About the data

County Business Patterns 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. The screenshots below will help you navigate to the data set using American FactFinder's Advanced Search.


Finding Other Demographic Data with American Factfinder

American FactFinder is the primary way to access data from the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Puerto Rico Community Survey, the Economic Census, the Population Estimates Program and Annual Economic Surveys.

Four Paths to Census Data – Getting Started

Use Community Facts

  • Quickly and easily find popular facts and estimates, or frequently viewed tables about your city or town. Find basic population, income, poverty, education, commuting, employment, race, ancestry, language spoken, housing data, and more;
  • Find basic data on businesses including payroll, number of employees, etc
  • To get started simply enter the name of your community (state, county, city, town, or Zip Code) in the text box on the Main Page.

Use Guided Search

  • If you're not sure where to start, use Guided Search on the American FactFinder main page.
    • Receive and follow step-by-step instructions to find the information you're looking for.
    • Find data for simple geographic areas such as the nation, states, American Indian /Alaska Native/Hawaiian Home Lands, cities, towns, metro areas, congressional districts, zip codes or census tracts.

Use Advanced Search

  • If you are familiar with Census data, and/or you'd like to find more complex data using multiple search topics, and/or multiple geographies, race and ethnic groups, industry codes, or EEO occupation codes.
    • If you want access to all geography types and all topics and datasets in your search.

Use the Download Center

  • Use the Download Center to download large amounts of data from American FactFinder.
    • For information about all of the options available for downloading data, see the Download Overview.