Census Bureau: Release of Economic Census Data for Island Areas Begins

The U.S. Census Bureau released the first statistics from the 2017 Economic Census of Island Areas. Island and local area estimates are now available for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The data for Puerto Rico will be released in December of 2020.

Island and local area estimates are available at the 2- through selected 5-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code levels for all covered NAICS codes that meet publication standards. These statistics include the number of establishments, total employment, annual payroll and total sales and receipts or revenue. Data on expenses, inventories and a wide variety of statistics are also available for selected sectors.

Estimates for CNMI and Guam are shown for the whole island area and municipalities (county-equivalents). Estimates for American Samoa and the USVI are shown for the whole island area, county-equivalents (districts in American Samoa and each island in the USVI) and place-equivalents (counties in American Samoa and towns in the USVI).

Below are a few highlights for each island area. To access available data, visit data.census.gov:

American Samoa

  • Of the 511 total businesses in American Samoa, 366 were in the Eastern District and 143 were in the Western District in 2017.

CNMI

  • Of the 1,742 total businesses in the CNMI, 1,675 were in Saipan municipality, 29 were in Rota municipality and 38 were in Tinian municipality in 2017.

Guam

  • Of the 3,508 total businesses in Guam, 1,751 were in Tamuning municipality, 503 were in Dededo municipality and 370 were in Hagåtña municipality in 2017.

USVI

  • Of the 2,419 total businesses in the USVI, 1,291 were on St. Thomas, 882 were on St. Croix and 246 were on St. John Island in 2017

All dollar values are expressed in current dollars and are not adjusted for price changes.

On January 21, the Census Bureau hosted a webinar on accessing the local area statistics from the Economic Census using data.census.gov. This webinar highlighted tips on how best to access the data, which also applies to the Economic Census of Island Areas.

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