Data Sources

The following datasets are available in Headlight (with sources listed):

  • Demographics (U.S. Census Bureau)
    • Population trends
    • Population breakdown by age, race, and sex
    • Population growth due to births, deaths, and migration
  • Industry Employment, Payroll, and Average Salary (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • Annual and quarterly employment (dataset: BLS Covered Employment series)
    • Monthly employment (dataset: Nonagricultural Wage & Salary series)
    • Unemployment and labor force availability (dataset: Civilian Labor Force series)
  • Firm Count by Industry (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, County Business Patterns)
  • Employment by Occupation (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment)
  • Personal Income and Per Capita Income (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Regional Economic Information System)
  • Poverty Rates (U.S. Census Bureau, SAIPE – Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates)
  • Median Household Income (U.S. Census Bureau, SAIPE – Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates)
  • Federal Spending on Food Stamps (U.S. Census, Consolidated Federal Funds Report)
  • College Graduates (IPEDS – Institutional Post-Secondary Education Data System)

Several datasets provide breakdowns by industry, which uses the NAICS system.  To get more information on NAICS codes, or to search NAICS by keyword, visit