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New Metro Area Lookup Tool

August 7, 2019

On the Interactive Tools page is a new web tool that enables you to find the names and FIPS codes of counties making up any metropolitan […]

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Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) Definitions

July 1, 2019

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs), Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MICROs), and Metropolitan Divisions (MDIVs) in the Woods & Poole database are as defined in the […]

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Retail Sales Data in the Woods & Poole Database

June 3, 2019

Data for retail sales by kind of business are from the 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 Census of Retail Trade (U.S. Department of […]

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Constant Dollar and Current Dollar Measurement

May 6, 2019

All earnings, personal income, and retail sales data in the Woods & Poole database are presented in 2012 dollars.  These are called “constant” dollars and are used […]

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Woods & Poole Wealth Index

April 1, 2019

The Woods & Poole Wealth Index is a measure of relative total personal income per capita weighted by the source of income.  The Wealth Index is the […]

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Total Personal Income in the Woods & Poole Database

February 4, 2019

Historical data for total personal income are from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Current BEA data, based on the 2016 BEA revision, have […]

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Earnings of Employees in the Woods & Poole Database

January 7, 2019

Earnings of employees are the sum of wages and salaries, other labor income, and proprietors’ income.  Earnings also include personal contributions for social insurance.  Historical earnings data […]

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Average Annual Rate of Growth and Rounding of Data

December 3, 2018

In some statistical tables in Woods & Poole publications, data are presented for the average annual rate of growthfor a particular variable over a specified time period.  […]

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County Definitions

The county definitions and county-equivalent definitions used in the Woods & Poole database are defined by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA.)  In New England, counties were […]

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