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The two simple graphs below of the percentage and numerical distribution of United States population among the states are not intended to serve as detailed demographic analysis, for which other available research resources are listed below.

They are intended to help the executives we serve to quickly and easily visualize the relative population of states within any region which may be of interest for capital investment project planning.  Refer to current U.S. Census data for more reliable or detailed data analysis.

If you find this information to be helpful, or have suggestions for improvement, please let us know. 

As a global service, some of the basic US population distribution patterns may be less intuitive to international business executives who are considering expansion into North America.  These graphics just make it easy to recognize very basic demographic patterns quickly.

Refer also to our analysis of capital investment project activity by state, and the distribution of regional and state interests among visitors to this website, as well as our analysis of economic development lead generation costs.

Our April 2006 newsletter (4 pages with graphs) summarizes this research and analysis.

The first graph shows the population by state as a percentage of the US national total, which in 2001 was roughly 285 million according to the data we used for this chart.

More recent census data may show minor variances from demographic changes between the states, as well as projections of growth trends, but this should be adequate to visualize basic national patterns.

The second graph is the same data presented as state population statistics.

This may help to visualize the general economic size of a state without consideration of differences in income levels, workforce relative to total population, or variances in per capita economic data among states.  It also makes it easy to quickly estimate the total population in any group of states of interest.

 US Population Distribution by State - percentages of total national population

 Numerical distribution of US population by state

The following sources may be helpful for demographic and economic research and analysis.  Many economic development organizations at the national, state, regional, and local level maintain timely information about their areas, including research relevant to business project planning such as recent workforce data.  Their local market knowledge can complement national statistics.

Our regional and state economic development directories can help to find such resources quickly for most regions of the United States and worldwide.

We also maintain directories which selectively highlight area websites which provide GIS data analysis presentations or tools, or standardized community data for business site selection.

Please contact us if we may be of assistance with capital investment project planning in the USA or other countries, such as through well-qualified referrals to relevant professional service providers and economic development organizations, or assistance with preliminary planning and research needs.  Our Opt-In page can also be used for private feedback to guide our research work.

Our Research directory identifies many information resources, such as for :

Regional directories of economic development organizations and contacts, websites.  See also : Invest USA and USA Search - Area Search - CRE Search
US : Northeast US : Great Lakes Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast US : South Central US : West Coast Central America, Caribbean
Europe    Europe Search South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia Korea Japan
State directories of US regional, county, city, and utility economic development organizations and chambers of commerce which promote new business investment


Northeast          NY   CT   MA   RI   NH  VT  ME

Mid-Atlantic       PA   NJ   MD   DE   DC   WV   VA   NC

Southeast         SC   GA   FL   AL   MS   TN

Great Lakes      KY   OH   MI   IN    IL   WI   MN

North Central     MO  IA   KS   NE   ND  SD

South Central    TX   OK   AR   LA

Mountain          AZ   NM  CO   UT    WY   ID   MT

West Coast      CA  NV   OR   WA   HI   AK

Economic development directory - alphabetical list by state for convenience

Same links as provided by the abbreviations at left (not familiar to all foreign visitors)

Alabama   Alaska   Arizona  Arkansas  California  Colorado  Connecticut  Delaware  Florida  Georgia   Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois  Indiana  Iowa  Kansas  Kentucky  Louisiana  Maine  Maryland  Massachusetts  Michigan  Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri  Montana  Nebraska  Nevada  New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico  New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island  South Carolina  South Dakota  Tennessee  Texas   Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington   West Virginia   Wisconsin   Wyoming

Demographic and Economic Research  
U.S. Census Bureau data
FedStats - statistics available from more than 100 US government agencies
US Bureau of Labor Statistics
US Department of Commerce - - Trade Information Center
US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis - includes FDI data
US Department of Commerce National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) - this trade information may also be helpful for some investors, also available on CD-ROM
FDIC Regional Economic Conditions (RECON)
Global Insight, Inc. - including what was formerly known as DRI (Data Resources Inc., which was part of McGraw Hill's Standard & Poor's services) and WEFA (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates), as well as Primark Decision Economics (formerly part of Thomson Financial), specializing in global economic and financial market information and analytical and advisory services.

Woods & Poole Economics, Inc. - many links to useful research sources for regional economic data - economic time series can be downloaded for analysis
Nation Master - tools for comparing national statistics data across most countries portal, - site data with GlobeXplorer imagery in connection with Claritas customer segmentation systems and marketing tools
Central Intelligence Agency, CIA World Factbook
World Economic Forum - Knowledge Navigator - includes a section with articles on foreign direct investment, country studies, etc.
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Morgan Quitno Press publishes a variety of rankings of state and local areas, such as "Smartest State", "Safest/Most Dangerous City or State", "Most Livable State", "Most Improved State", and "Healthiest State", based on data and statistical trend analysis. - international security issues and significant events
HomeTownLocator - community profile information and many links
ePodunk - profiles communities, counties, colleges, school districts, museums and other places across the United States.
State and Local Governments on the Net - over 10,000 links to government websites - online subscription service for custom market reports and maps in the US, operated by SRC, which builds custom mapping solutions which incorporate demographic data, such as with MapInfo applications

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