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Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Agriculture’s Economic Contribution: Economic impact of the agriculture industry in Missouri for the state as a whole and by county.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Exports: Exports by state and by commodity. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ag Census Web Maps: Crops, farms, and livestock by county.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, County Crop Maps: Crops planted and harvested by county.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Statistics: Statistics on crops, farms, and livestock in Missouri. Some stats are available at the county level. Links to Missouri Agricultural Overview and latest Census of Agriculture for Missouri.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Quick Stats: Download and compare state and county statistics on crops, farms, and livestock. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture, State Fact Sheets: State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the U.S. Links to county-level data are included when available.

Business Climate Rankings


Business Facilities Metro Rankings

Forbes, Best Places for Business and Careers


CNBC, America’s Top States for Business

Forbes, Best States for Business

Climate/Natural Disasters National integrated drought information system.

Disaster Declarations for States and Counties: An interactive tool for exploring historic federal disaster declarations by state, county, hazard, and year.

FEMA Flood Map Service Center: The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.

Midwestern Regional Climate Center, cli-MATE (registration required): Historical climate data by weather station.

National Risk Index: An interactive tool illustrating natural disaster risk at the county and Census tract levels.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Climate Normals Data Tool: Average temperatures and average precipitation by weather station from 1981-2010.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Storm Events Database: Storm data (avalanche, blizzard, flood, drought, etc.) by state and county from 1950-present.

USGS Seismic Hazard Maps and Site-Specific Data: Data, maps and additional resources on earthquake hazards.

USGS Flood Maps: Flood Event Viewer and Flood Inundation Mapper

Weather Spark: Interactive weather maps and charts for all locations.


Deloitte Technology Fast 500: 500 fastest-growing technology companies in the U.S. and Canada. Based on percentage revenue growth.

Forbes, America’s Best Small Cap Companies: Candidates must have a market value between $300 million and $2 billion, positive sales growth over the past 12 months and a share price of at least $5. Financial institutions, REITs, utilities, and limited partnerships were excluded as were companies public for less than one year. 

Forbes, America’s Best Mid-Size Companies: Candidates must have a market value between $2 billion and $10 billion, positive sales growth over the past 12 months and a share price of at least $5. Financial institutions, REITs, utilities, and limited partnerships were excluded as were companies public for less than one year.

Forbes, America’s Largest Private Companies: Includes firms with revenue greater than $2 billion

Fortune 500: Top public companies based on gross revenue. 

Google Finance: Company information includes CEO, year founded, headquarters, website, total employees, major news events, and stock information.

Inc. Magazine, 5000 Fastest Growing Companies: Ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a four year period. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent. Revenue in the initial year must have been at least $100,000, and revenue in the most recent year must have been at least $2 million.

ThomasNet: Search for companies by product or service keyword and state.


FBI Uniform Crime Reports: Crime statistics by Region, State, County, Metro and City.


Census Flows Mapper: A web mapping application that shows count-to-county migration flows maps of the United States.

Missouri Census Data Center, American Community Survey Profiles: View and compare demographic profiles from the American Community Survey for U.S., State, Counties, MSAs, PUMAs, and Unified School Districts.

Missouri Census Data Center, American Community Survey Trends Reports: Compare demographic trends over the past 3 years for U.S., State, Counties, MSAs, PUMAs, and Unified School Districts.

Missouri Census Data Center, Circular Area Profiles: Calculates population within a certain radius of a given latitude and longitude based on Census data.

Missouri Census Data Center, County-level IRS migration reports: Shows migration into and out of Missouri counties based on IRS data.

Missouri Office of Administration, Population Projections: Population projections by county, age, and sex: 2000 to 2030

U.S. Census Bureau: Data from the Decennial Census, the ongoing American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and Annual Population Estimates.

U.S. Census Bureau, Census Flows Mapper: View, save and print county-to-county migration flow maps of the United States. The data are from the American Community Survey.


Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program: The mission at the Metropolitan Policy Program is to deliver research and solutions that help metropolitan leaders build an advanced economy that works for all.

CBRE, Market Reports: CBRE Research prepares metro area level reports on office, industrial and the retail sectors with hotel, multi-housing and other specialty reports available for selected markets. 

MERIC Economic Reports: Regional reports include workforce and economic information including educational attainment, demographics, unemployment, industry analysis, projected growth industries and occupational projections.

PWC MoneyTree Report: A quarterly study of venture capital investment in the U.S. Current quarter and historical data available by region, state, industry, and stage of development.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Accounts: Annual GDP for U.S. regions, states, and MSAs.

U.S. Census Bureau, Building Permits Survey: Residential building permits issued by state, metro area, or county.


Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Comprehensive Data System: Elementary and Secondary education data by Missouri school district.

Missouri Department of Higher Education College and Degree Search: Search by school, program, degree, city, or school name.

National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator: Search for colleges within a given number of miles from a particular zip code. It is also possible to search by program/major, award level, institution type, and undergraduate enrollment.

National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data: Annually collects data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. 

National Center for Education Statistics, Elementary/Secondary Information System (ElSi): Quickly view public and private school data and create custom tables and charts using data from the Common Core of Data and the Private School Survey.

National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Compare or rank post-secondary institutions and/or geographic areas on variables including admissions, enrollment, and completions (degrees granted).

National Center for Education Statistics, Public School Search: Search for public schools, including vocational, charter and magnet schools, within a given number of miles from a particular zip code. Data may be downloaded to excel.

National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Colleges: Search for public schools, private schools and colleges by state, city, or miles from a given zip code. Contains data on enrollment, demographics, and student/teacher ratio for public and private schools and data on enrollment, characteristics and financial information for colleges.

The Nation’s Report Card: Compare state/jurisdiction performance on the National Assessments of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments in mathematics, reading, writing and science at grates 4, 8 and 12. View trends and demographics, download snapshot reports, and compare results for each state/jurisdiction to the nation and to the other states. 

Top American Research Universities: Rankings based on 9 quality indicators including research and development, faculty awards, and SAT scores.

U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best High Schools: Based on comparing a school’s test scores with state averages.

U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges: Based on assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and (for national universities and liberal arts colleges) “graduation rate performance,” the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.

Email Addresses Search by name or domain. Offers an extension for Chrome or LinkedIn. Ten free searches per month. 

Hunter: Search for email addresses by domain or name. Twenty-five free searches per month.


Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): Info on financial incentives, rules, regulations, policies and related programs for alternative energy by state.

Energy Information Administration, Missouri State Energy Profile: Info on Missouri’s energy prices, consumption, reserves and supply.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, State Health Facts: Birth and death statistics for the state.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Tool: Disease prevalence by state and metro or micropolitan area.

Kaiser State Health Facts: Missouri health costs, coverage, status, and more.

State of Missouri, Department of Health and Human Services, Community Data Profiles: Community data profiles are available on various subject areas such as cause of death, chronic diseases, unintentional injuries, prenatal and others. Each community data profile table provides data on 15-30 indicators for each county/city selected. Information provided includes the number of events, county/city rate, statistical significance, quintile ranking and the state rate.

State of Missouri, Department of Health and Human Services, Directories: Directories of Missouri hospitals and other specialty facilities.

USDA Food Environment Atlas: Includes more than 280 indicators of the food environment at the county, state or regional level in three broad categories: food choices, health and well-being and community characteristics.

U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Hospitals: U.S. News reviews hospitals performance in 15 adult specialties, 10 pediatric specialties and 17 surgical procedures and medical conditions affecting millions of people across the country.

Watson Health Top 100 Hospitals: Winning a 100 Top Hospitals award indicates highly effective performance across the entire organization, including board members, management, medical staff, and nursing.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA): Data on mortgages for MSAs going back to 2007.

Home Price Calculator: Projects what a given house purchased at a point in time would be worth today if it appreciated at the average appreciation rate of all homes in the area, either by state or metro.

HUD SOCDS Building Permits Database: Residential building permits by State, County or CBSA.

NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI): Quarterly housing affordability ranking by metro area.

National Association of Realtors, Housing Statistics: Statistics on home affordability by metro area, county and state.

U.S. Census Bureau, American Housing Survey: The most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States since its inception in 1973, providing current information on the size, composition, and quality of the nation’s housing and measuring changes in our housing stock as it ages. The survey provides up-to-date information about the quality and cost of housing in the United States and major metropolitan areas.


Bureau of Economic Analysis, Personal and Per Capita Income

U.S. Census Bureau, Income Data


International Trade Administration, Metro Area Export Data: Metro area imports by market, sector or product.

International Trade Administration, State Import Data: State imports by market or by product.

International Trade Administration, State Export Data: State exports by market or by product.

Missouri Foreign Owned Company Directory: Search for internationally owned companies with operations in Missouri by name, city, or country.


Google Earth: View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings for any location. Great tool for creating aerial maps.

Google Maps: Offers aerial, street, and terrain views. Also allows you to see traffic around a location.

Policy Map (registration required): Data mapping tool. Data topics include demographics, incomes and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, and health. Some content is subscription only.


NAICS Association, Code Lookup

U.S. Census Bureau, NAICS information


Google News: Google News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader’s personalized interests.

Google Alerts: Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of topic.

Occupation Codes

O*NET Online: Search by keyword for related occupation codes.

Quality of Life Rankings

CNNMoney, Best Places to Live: Compares cities on housing, income, and quality of life.

Kiplinger, Best Cities, States & Places: Compares cities on population, cost of living, median income, salary growth, employment growth and more.

MERIC, C2ER Cost of Living Index: Compare states and Missouri’s major metros cost of living.

New Geography, Best Cities for Job Growth: Measures job growth over the recent, medium, and longer term overall, as well as job growth in information and manufacturing jobs.

Real Estate

LocationOne: Missouri’s site and building database.


ADP Fast Wage and Tax Facts: Wage and payroll tax fact sheets for all 50 states.

Federation of Tax Administrators Tax Rates: Data on state tax rates for all 50 states.

House Method, Property Tax Data by County

Missouri Department of Revenue, Business Taxes

Missouri Department of Revenue, Personal Tax

Missouri Department of Revenue, Sales Tax Rate by Address

Missouri Department of Revenue, Taxable Sales Reports: Data available for State, County, and City.

Tax Foundation, State Tax Collections Per Capita

Tax Foundation, Tax Burden: Compare state/local tax burden of all states for a given year.

Tax Foundation, Tax Climate Index: Measures states’ tax climates for business, including Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, and Unemployment Insurance Tax.

U.S. Department of Labor, Significant Measures of State UI Tax Systems: Provides average unemployment insurance tax rate by state as well as statutory minimum and maximum rates.


Business Climate Comparison Tool: Compare all 50 states on the following categories: population, income, education, taxes, cost of living, business climate, labor, and infrastructure.

Google Public Data Explorer: Creates visualizations (charts, maps, etc.) of Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and World Bank data.

LocationOne County Profiles: Provides demographic, industry and occupation data for all Missouri counties. Each county profile has customized data in 21 categories and over 50 different subheadings.

NACo County Explorer: This visualization tool provides key county-level information on a wide variety of topics: demographics, the economy, education, healthcare, and public safety. The interactive map allows users to explore a variety of indicators, such as population density, median household income, and number of endangered and threatened species.

StatsAmerica: StatsAmerica is a service of the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. The site contains a useful set of tools and reports that focus on innovation capacity, resilience, equity and distress. Use state and county profiles to compare demographic, workforce, and economic data for states and counties. The Big Radius Tool can be used to find how many people, industries or workers there are in a 25-mile radius of a given location.

Wolfram Alpha: A “computational knowledge engine” compiling information from around the internet, including Census data, enabling users to compare different geographies (cities, states, counties, etc.) on a variety of topics.


Association of American Railroads, State Freight Statistics: Provides various measures including number of railroads, rail miles, rail tons originated and terminated, and amounts of different types of freight transported by state.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics, State Transportation Statistics: Provides transportation statistics for Missouri covering infrastructure, safety, freight, passenger travel, registered vehicles, and more.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Airport Statistics: Data on number of passengers, flights, carriers, freight and top destination airports.

Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Data & Contact Information: U.S. airport directory. Identify airports by FAA Region, Districts, States, Counties, Cities and facility type.

Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics: Statistics on Missouri’s highways including bridges, infrastructure, vehicle miles traveled, fuel use, revenue, etc.

Missouri Department of Transportation

Missouri Port Authority Association

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center: Container traffic by port or by state.


Missouri Public Service Commission: Regulates investor-owned electric, steam, natural gas, water and sewer and telephone companies.

FCC Fixed Broadband Deployment Map: Data on wireline and wireless providers, technology, and speed by state, county, census place, and MSA.


Missouri Department of Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Rate Guide: Get high, low and average rates for workers’ compensation insurance in Missouri by class code.

Missouri Department of Labor, Workers’ Compensation Info

Missouri Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Info

Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), Occupational Employment Projections: Statewide and regional employment projections by occupation.

Jobs.Mo.Gov, Warn Notices: Details on plant layoffs and closures in Missouri.

National Labor Relations Board Election Reports: Reports on union elections conducted nationally (broken down by state and city) by year since 2001.

Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary: A comparison of workers’ compensation premium rates for all 50 states.

Union Membership and Coverage: Private and public sector labor union membership, coverage, and density estimates compiled from the Current Population Survey. Estimates are available by state, detailed industry, detailed occupation, and metropolitan area.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics: Employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. There is also data available for WDAs on MERIC’s website.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages: Includes data on the number of establishments, monthly employment, and quarterly wages, by NAICS industry, by county, and by ownership sector, at various geographic levels (national, State, and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)).

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Affiliation by State: Union membership levels by state.

U.S. Census Bureau OnTheMap: Provides detailed maps showing where workers are employed and where they live with companion reports on age, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators.

U.S. Department of Labor, Workers Compensation Claims Statistics: Statistics on workers compensation claims filed by state.

Subscription Sites


Demographics Now: Demographic and market information for any geography in the United States. Allows users to perform radius and drive time analysis and comparisons. Many public libraries in Missouri have subscriptions.

D&B Hoovers: Hoovers provides company, industry, and executive information for over 170 million companies. 

Moody’s Precis Reports: Economic indicators for metros, states, and the U.S.

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA): A directory of over 40 million businesses with the ability to search by company name, type of business, geography, business size and more. Many public libraries in Missouri have subscriptions.

Standard & Poor’s: Standard & Poor’s provides credit ratings, indices, investment research and risk evaluations and solutions.

Uniworld: A directory of foreign firms operating in the United States and American firms operating in foreign countries.

Cost of Business/Cost of Living

C2ER County Level Cost of Living Index: Compare cost of living at the county level.

RSMeans Construction Cost Indexes: The RSMeans Construction Cost Indexes are a means to compare costs from city to city, costs over time, and to localize the RSMeans national average construction costs.


ESRI Business Analyst Online: ESRI Business Analyst Online combines GIS technology with extensive demographic, consumer spending, and business data for the entire United States.


Factiva: Provides access to the full text of thousands of popular business and general publications. Also, has the full text of all Dow Jones publications including The Wall Street Journal, hundreds of newspapers and also financial information on public companies.

LexisNexis: A full text resource to hundreds of business and general interest magazines and newspapers.

Newsbank: NewsBank currently has 2,000 newspapers online with 150 million articles. Many public libraries provide access to Newsbank.

Market Research/Industry Reports

Market Research Reports: is the world’s largest and continuously updated collection of market research, offering more than 400,000 market research reports from over 650 leading global publishers. Tip: If you find a report on their website, try to locate the report on Google by searching for the title in quotation marks.

IBIS World: Reports for over 700 industries with key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.

Workforce Data

CareerBuilder, Supply and Demand Reports: Supply and Demand Reports enable you to search for available job seekers by title within the CareerBuilder database.

EMSI: EMSI gathers and integrates economic, labor market, demographic, education, profile, and job posting data from dozens of government and private-sector sources, creating a comprehensive and current dataset that includes both published data and detailed estimates with full United States coverage.

JobsEQ: JobsEQ for Workforce is a software tool that provides timely data on workforce and employers—including demographics, occupations, wages, certifications, and more.

YourEconomy: Overview of jobs, sales and establishment growth by state, county, or metro area from 1995 to the present.

Internet Search Tips

Google Advanced Search

Google Searches

Hyphen: Use a hyphen to exclude words. For example, if you search for the word Mustang you will get results for cars and horses. To eliminate those results that are not relevant you would put a hyphen in front of the word you do not want, such as Mustang -car or Mustang -horse.

Email search: To find email addresses for specific people, try searching their name + For example, to find my email you would try this: [Leah +]

Filetype: Use filetype: to search for a particular kind of file. If you were only interested in .pdf documents on parrots you might try this search: [parrots filetype:pdf]

Use Site: to search within a specific website on Google. Example: [education] will return pages on the Missouri Partnership website featuring the word education.

Wildcard (*): Use the wildcard (*) to fill in the blanks. Example: [Missouri ranks * cost of living] will return articles with those words and a ranking to fill in the blank.

Boolean Search Strings

NOT (-): Use to Limit Responses. [ Ice Cream NOT Rocky Road ] Will return results that contain Ice Cream, but not those that contain Rocky Road.

OR: Use to Increase Responses. [ Ice Cream OR Rocky Road ] Returns results containing the phrase ice cream or the phrase rocky road, or both.

“”: Use to Limit Responses. Searching for [“Rocky Road Ice Cream”] will only return documents containing that exact phrase.

Questions? Contact me:

Leah Hill, Director of Research
Missouri Partnership