Data and Downloads


Available to you is information regarding local economies around the United States.


The following are PDF's which you are welcome to download and use.


POLICOM's Services, Studies, and Presentations.


For a seven page booklet which describes POLICOM's economic development services for communities, click here.




Flow of Money


Written by William H. Fruth in 2015, the Flow of Money is a twenty-six page booklet which teaches a lesson on how a local economy works and what most communities need to do to improve their area economy.


He created the Flow of Money to educate community leaders, especially local government officials, on how a local economy functions and what areas need to do to build their economy.


It is used as a teaching tool in several economic development training programs and you are welcome to distribute it as you like. For a copy of the Flow of Money, click here.

Economic Strength Rankings


Annually POLICOM ranks the 382 Metropolitan and 551 Micropolitan Statistical Areas for "economic strength."


Economic strength is the long-term tendency for an area to consistently grow in both size and quality.


Twenty-three economic factors  are measured over a twenty-year period for growth and consistency.


POLICOM conducts this analysis so it can study the characteristics of the strong and weak economies throughout the United States.

For a PDF of the 2017 Economic Strength Rankings, click here.


Statistical Area Definitions 


A local economy is essentially a geographic area in which a preponderance of the people live and work, earn and spend. The area is typically defined by the commuting patterns of the resident population.


There are 933 defined local economies - statistical areas - in the United States. The condition of a local economy can be determined by studying the data of these areas.


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is charged with the task of defining the statistical areas in the United States.


Statistical areas are used by economists and Federal agencies to measure economic activity. For the most part the geographic boundaries identify where a preponderance of the people live and work, earn and spend. The major criteria for determining the boundaries are commuting patterns of the populace.


To download the 158 page OMB Bulletin 15-01, which provides the county composition of all statistical areas, click here.


Statistical Area Maps


The federal government does not provide state maps which delineate the Metropolitan or Micropolitan areas.


POLICOM has created a map for each state and uses them in its research.


To download maps which show the statistical areas in all 50 states, click here.