At A Glance
- More than 2,000 automated checks as well as manual checks are performed regularly. D-U-N-S® Number is assigned to each business to facilitate tracking.
- Allows users to obtain information about specific types of business, such as supermarkets or fast food restaurants, in a small geographic area, such as city or zip code, or a larger area such as a state.
- Data can be linked using multiple data elements, such as zip code or street address.
- Provides historical data on inactive companies.
- Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes allow the development of density measures for specific types of businesses.
- Data can be retrieved by business outlet name.
To collect data about specific businesses in the United States (U.S.).
Businesses in the U.S.
Began in 1969. Ongoing and updated continuously.
The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, (800) 526-0651.
The survey is updated quarterly through review of directories, government registries, websites, and interviews. New businesses are added as they are identified. Some entries may be old or not updated recently, which may be a special problem for investigators studying restaurants and other businesses, which come and go quickly.
Approximately 20 million businesses in the U.S.
|Name||Methods of Assessment|
|Address, street, latitude and longitude, zip code, location (town/city), and state or county||N/A|
|Name||Methods of Assessment|
|Business name||Data on all variables collected through review of public records, directories, government registries, websites, and media|
|Business type (through Standard Industry Classification Code) identifying restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, physical activity-related outlets, and other types of businesses||Data on all variables collected through review of public records, directories, government registries, websites, and media|
Data Access and Cost
Data can be purchased from Dun & Bradstreet. Call (800) 526-0651 for additional information.
Prices vary depending on project type and scope.
Requests for information can be made on the Dun & Bradstreet Web site.
Address, street, latitude and longitude, zip code, location (town/city), and state or county
Dun & Bradstreet data on commercial physical activity facilities have been linked to Census data on neighborhood characteristics using zip codes. Learn more.
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