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ReferenceUSA Historical Business (1997-2018)

The ReferenceUSA historical business data collection provides access to company profiles from 1997 through 2018. Variables include company name, address, SIC/NAICS codes, employee size, sales, latitude/longitude, and more.


Access to ReferenceUSA Historical Business data is limited to current MSU affiliates only and requires login with your MSU netID and password. Redistribution is not permitted.


Please note: data files are extremely large and will take some time to download. Average file size is about 6 GB.


Codebook, with definitions of variables.


Please direct any questions about ReferenceUSA Historical Business data to Scout Calvert.

How to Cite (APA Style)

ReferenceUSA (YYYY). ReferenceUSA Historical Business [data file]. Retrieved from: https://lib.msu.edu/about/data/referenceusahistorical/

Note: Replace YYYY with the year of the file being cited.

Related Resources

Access to the current ReferenceUSA business database is available here: http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b5324725~S39a