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Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP)

Resource guide to support the Program in Practical Policy Engagement Program.

Using Data Axle / ReferenceUSA to Find Local Businesses and Social Services

Data Axle (formerly ReferenceUSA) can provide counts of businesses (like daycare centers) in a particular city, zip code, census tract or a radius of your choice. It has counts for other establishments related to health care, legal services, educational institutions and religious organizations.  More information on the business dataset can be found here.

First, go to Data Axle / Reference USA 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 religious establishments

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