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Analyzing business ownership using Census data

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  • How many businesses in the United States are owned by women or minorities?
  • Does the ownership vary by industry and region?
  • How many jobs do black-owned business support in Birmingham, AL?
  • What type of businesses are more likely to offer employed-paid benefits?

These are questions that could be answered by Annual Business Survey ABS, an annual project by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide information on economic and demographic characteristics for business and business owners at regional level.

Use case: Understanding challenges faced by local business owners

share of business facing negative impact

Use case: Regional business ownership profiles

Number of firms, employment, annual payroll and sales by owner demographics of small business (firm with fewer than 250 employees) in Denver metropolitan area

# A tibble: 6 x 6
  demo        firm_size         num_owners_or_firms    emp   payroll sales_or_revenue
  <chr>       <chr>                           <dbl>  <dbl>    <dbl>            <dbl>
1 asian       1 - 250 employees                3374  22533   665826          3032563
2 black       1 - 250 employees                 727   3929   119867           569420
3 female      1 - 250 employees               12580  90090  3267951         12538685
4 hispanic    1 - 250 employees                2851  20040   727334          2956540
5 male        1 - 250 employees               34282 314053 14528510         65148492
6 nonminority 1 - 250 employees               46476 398986 17794599         77509978