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, the 2018 edition of The Flow of Money ... How a local economy grows and expands is a twenty page booklet which teaches a lesson on how a local economy works and what most communities need to do to improve their area economy.

The Flow of Money has been created 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 PDF of The Flow of Money, click here. For a printed copy of The Flow of Money, Contact POLICOM.

Economic Strength Rankings

Annually POLICOM ranks the 383 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.

The 2019 rankings utilized twenty-three economic factors measured over a sixteen-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 2019 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.

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

The 2019 Economic Strength Rankings are based upon definitions published in OMB Bulletin 18-03, April 10, 2018.

The OMB subsequently published Bulletin 18-04, September 14, 2018, which changed the status of 125 counties. These definitions will be used in the future.

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.


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.

Two sets of maps have been created.

For maps based upon Bulletin 18-03, click 2019 State Maps (pdf).

For maps based upon Bulletin 18-04 which reflects changes made to 125 counties, click 2019-2020 State Maps (pdf).

Historical, Comparative Economic Analysis

Discover the true essence of your local economy, is it growing or declining, and what is causing this to happen.

The analysis presents a long-term economic history of the area, visually and numerically, so you can quickly understand where the economy was in the past, and where it is today, and how it compares to the rest of the nation.

Click here to review a sample study for its content.