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PUBPOL 778 Project Skills Workshop

This guide is meant to help those enrolled in PUBPOL 778.

Using ReferenceUSA to Find Local Businesses and Social Services

ReferenceUSA can provide counts of businesses (like Grocery Stores) in a particular city, zip code, census tract or a radius of your choice. ReferenceUSA has counts for other establishments related to health care, legal services, educational institutions and religious organizations.  

First, go to ReferenceUSA and click on the "U.S. Businesses" dataset


Then select "Custom Search"

Then start choose the Geography, you can search for establishments by neighborhood (e.g. Delray, Detroit).


Then choose the Business Type.  Be sure to expand Retail Trade for businesses like grocery stores and Services for social, legal, educational and religous establishments

After you've selected establishments click on "Update Count" and then "View Results"