Spring 2012

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium


Table of Contents 

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair

DNR Garmin Evolves to DNRGPS
MnDOT Tracks Invasive Bittersweet
2010 Population Maps
More Economic Data 
Water Trails Maps

Twin Cities GECCo Report

Higher Education
Nat'l Historical GIS Updates 
Dangermond Lecture 
Trade Centers 
GIS Day at UM-Duluth

URISA Salary & Tech Survey




More Economic Data
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota

Last Spring (Issue 64) I wrote about sources of Small Area Economic Data. This brief article updates that report and lists additional sources.

Two commercial data sources provide information about individual business and job locations: Dun & Bradstreet and InfoUSA.  Both have free versions in public libraries that allow limited access, e.g., 250 record downloads at a time (multiple at a session).  Million Dollar Directory is the name of Dun and Bradstreet’s reference library service.  Reference USA is the name of InfoUSA’s service.  Both allow screening by geography (e.g. Zip code) and by industry (North American Industrial Classification System).  Employment and sales information is reported for each business location.  An online reference guide called WorldCat can help you find the closest library having either of these databases.

In the previous article I talked about MetroMSP as an online resource for accessing current demographic and economic data.  That resource has been incorporated into the new GreaterMSP website.  Using that site’s “Find by location” Tool within Search Properties, you can extract data within a radius or drive distance from any given address.  This includes InfoUSA data on individual business and job locations, as well as Applied Geographic Solutions data on demographics, purchasing power, and industry types.

Finally, I want to add information about sales taxes data from the state Department of Revenue as a measure of economic vitality of Minnesota cities.  In the previous article, I talked about data on sales tax receipts and number of businesses for small areas: block groups in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area and cities over 2,000 outstate.  The 2009 data has just been added to the spreadsheet that starts with 2003 data.  Department of Revenue data is updated 18 months after the end of the calendar year.

Another Department of Revenue resource provides data on all sales, taxable sales, and number of businesses by industry for all counties and cities over 5,000 from 1998 to present.  Early reports are in PDF format, but newer ones are available on spreadsheets.  See Minnesota Sales and Use Tax Annual Reports and Statistics.