Answered By: Patricia Berens
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2018     Views: 31

A good starting point is the American Factfinder, a website of the US Bureau of the Census, with data from the Economic Census. This will give you the demographic statistics you’re seeking. Another source, particularly about Orlando’s businesses, is the Orlando Business Journal. You can access it via the Boston Business Journal link that’s right on the Library’s home page. Once in, you can choose which city’s business journal you actually want to view. These business journals rank local businesses by sector. For an overview of all sectors, find the Book of Lists for your city. For Miami, a similar resource can be found by looking in ProQuest. Once in, click on the Databases Selected link, deselect ProQuest Central, and select ABI/Dateline. This is a database of local press. Put Miami into the first search box and choose Publication Title from the drop-down menu. You’ll get thousands of hits, so once you’ve looked at some of them, narrow your search depending on what you’re trying to find out. Narrowing down the date range will help, as well as the topic. ProQuest provides some suggested topics. For additional city data it looks as if ERsys has links to cities. Once you choose your city there are links to Chamber of Commerce (perhaps they will have the top employers), labor force, and more.

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