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February 2012
What's new in local?

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year since the publication of my book, Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information. Since I'm always on the lookout for new sources of local-level business information, this issue of ResearchNOTES spotlights some of my latest finds for learning about places:

For local demographics, I frequently recommend American FactFinder. Now, a newly-remodeled American FactFinder simplifies the process of drilling down to the county, city, town, and even ZIP Code level. Just click the Geographies filter on the left side of the page, and you'll see links to the data available for your selected area.

From the Urban Institute, MetroTrends provides a handy snapshot of the state of metropolitan economies. Look for charts and tables, expert commentary, and downloadable datasets covering such topics as crime, arts and culture indicators, well-being of children, and much more.

Finally, not a new site - but new to me - Eurostat: Regions and Cities offers one-stop-shopping for European subnational statistics. Try this site for local demographics, economic accounts, agriculture data, living conditions, and other topics.

Let me know if you have recently come across a new site for finding local business information. I'd love to include it in the update of Research on Main Street.

Regards - Marcy

Marcy Phelps
Phelps Research
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