Unexpectedly Intriguing!
August 19, 2005

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced its release of its report on 2003 County Business Patterns, which is chock full of data on a "variety of information on businesses in more than 1,000 industries from the national level down to states and more than 3,100 counties."

The dynamic table below presents the top ten counties in the U.S. according to the number of business establishments contained within their boundaries. You may select any of the column headings below to rearrange the presented data according to their rank according to the column category. The categories include number of business establishments, number of employees, annual payroll and the average payroll per employee.

Top U.S. Counties for Business Establishments
State - County Business Establishments Employees (as of March 12, 2003) Annual Payroll ($1000 USD) Average Payroll per Employee ($USD)
CA - Los Angeles 235085 3806184 147357105 38715
IL - Cook 127727 2356581 102208068 43371
NY - New York 103313 2022669 147720341 73032
TX - Harris 85528 1707646 70345122 41194
CA - Orange 83164 1412657 57025051 40367
AZ - Maricopa 76629 1380697 47848314 34655
CA - San Diego 72564 1122335 42274388 37666
FL - Miami-Dade 70687 829774 27763891 33460
TX - Dallas 62223 1321071 58336365 44158
WA - King 59521 1046681 51739093 49432

It would take a little more data mining, but an interesting statistic might be found in the ratio of businesses to metropolitan population for each of these counties.


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