Select the right geography, property type, and community qualities for your business, and ZoomProspector will find the right location for your company to grow and succeed.
Do you want to find a large city or a small town? Do you need a large population or small population to be successful? If you have a preference, search by population size.
The size of the labor force is the number of people in the community that are currently working or are collecting unemployment. If you need a large number of workers to draw from, then you may require the size of the community's labor force to be larger.
This measures the increase in new jobs in the last year. If you want to find a community with a growing local economy, you can search for places that have proportionally been adding new jobs.
Searching by median age will help you identify communities that may have ranges of younger to more senior workers. It is also a helpful to use if you are looking for a certain age group of potential customers that meet your product or service offering.
Education level can be used to help identify the skill level of the workforce. You may want to use this search if your business typically needs employees with a college education. This variable will show you the proportion of the overall community that has a college education.
Education level can be used to help identify the skill level of the workforce. You may want to use this search if your business typically needs employees with a high school education. This variable will show you the proportion of the overall community that has a high school education.
White Collar Workers include: Executive, Managers and Administrators, Professional Specialty Occupations, Sales Professionals, Technologies and Technicians, Sales Workers and Clerks, Administrative Support Workers, and Field Occupations for Technical, Sales, and Administrative Workers. If you need to hire workers within these categories, you may want to include this in your search.
Blue Collar Workers include: Private Household Services, Protective Services, Farming, Forestry, and Fishing, Site Based Precision, Craft, and Repair, Field Based Construction, Repair, and Mining, Machine Operators, Assemblers, and Inspectors, Transportation and Materials Moving Workers, and Handlers, Helpers, and Laborers. If you need to hire workers within these categories, you may want to include this in your search.
The most mobile, flexible, and talented workers are those people 25 to 34 years old that have a bachelor's degree or higher according to Joseph Cortright of Impresa Consulting. The presence of these workers, who he calls the 'Young and Restless,' indicates the ability of an area to attract and retain the most talented and footloose workers that will aid the future productivity of the community. These people are often educated, talented, and are more affordable to hire than workers with more years of experience. While his research analyzed metropolitan areas, we use our analysis of all cities and counties possessing over 65,000 people for the 25 to 35 year old age group.
Industry searches will help you understand the number of employees in specific industries and the average salary that workers in those industries are paid. This will show you the population of workers available for your business in different categories and the typical cost it will be for you to employ them in a particular community.
Universities and community colleges produce highly trained and specialized workers. Colleges are increasingly becoming the factories which continuously produce talent. Employers that locate near these institutions have easier access to recruiting college graduates, as well as college student interns. You can specify a type of facility (university or community college) that you would like to be near, as well as specify how close you would like to be to that educational facility.
A sole proprietorship is a business run by the owner without any additional employees. These businesses are a diverse group. The U.S. Census refers to these businesses as “lone wolves” and recent fast-growing sole proprietorships include web search portals, Internet service providers, nail salons, electronic shopping and mail-order houses, recreational vehicle dealers and landscaping services. A community with a large amount of these businesses indicates the one thing they all share: the presence of an entrepreneurial spirit and capacity for risk-taking necessary for a person to go into business for one’s self.
Patents are granted to recognize innovative achievements and inventions. You may want to search for an area with a high level of patents per capita if you are looking for a community with innovative people who engage in pushing the boundaries of their fields through cutting-edge research, design, and experimentation.
Venture capital is a form of private equity funding typically provided by professional investors to new, growth businesses. This variable will help you find areas with businesses that have received venture capital funding in 2010.
Household Expenditures measure how much the average household spends per year. If you market high-end goods or services, you may want to search for communities with high levels of household expenditures. This is the 'average' household expenditures and therefore is more likely to be impacted by very high or very low expenditure households. Averages and median household numbers are difficult to compare. For example, if a community has a higher average household expenditure value than their median household income, it does not necessarily mean that people are spending more than they are earning.
Household income is a measurement of wealth. This is a good tool to identify how much the typical household is making compared to the amount of money your employees or future employees might expect to make to live in the community. It can also be used as a search variable to target your company's products or services to low-income or high-income areas.
Housing values indicate the costs of locating in an area. You can search by housing values to determine how expensive it will be for your employees to locate in a particular community.
The average time it takes a person to get to work is a measure of quality of life, as it decreases the amount of free time available in the day. Longer or more stressful commutes may impact the worker's productivity. You may want to search for communities with shorter commuting times if you are concerned that your employees will not accept long commutes. The national average commute time in 2007 was 25.3 minutes.
If your employees or your clients are frequent fliers the proximity and availability of airports will be important. This tool will allow you to identify communities with airports and those that are within a relatively short commute of an airport. Only commercial airports are counted, which are publicly owned airports that have at least 2,500 passenger boardings each calendar year and receive scheduled passenger service.
Some businesses prefer to be near an Interstate. It may provide easier transportation access for your employees for their commute. Other businesses may want to be near an Interstate to more easily serve their customers. For distribution facilities it provides rapid access for trucks to get to and from their destinations more quickly which can be a financial advantage. If you want to have an Interstate in the community enter the number zero.
Some businesses receive and ship goods by railroad. This search variable allows you to find communities that are within a specific distance of rail. If you want a rail line in the community enter the number zero.
A Federal Enterprise Community or Empowerment Zone is an area that has been designated for incentives, usually in the form of tax credits, to encourage development in blighted areas. If you are a business that would like to take advantage of such tax relief, you can use this search to determine if a particular community possesses any incentive areas.
A Superfund site is an area that contains enough toxic and hazardous waste materials that federal funds have been designated for its clean up. If your business is interested in locating in a Superfund site or would like to take advantage of the federal funds available to clean up that site for your business you may want to consider communities with Superfund sites.