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Philadelphia Business - Research Guide

Contact: Cathy Ogur
Lippincott Library

Government Resources
Statistics & Census Data
Print Resources: Directories & Guides
Articles & News
Associations & Companies

Also see the Current Information about Philadelphia Research Guide. Many current resources listed are also available historically online or in the print collection.

Government Resources

The City of Philadelphia

Board of Revision of Taxes - Philadelphia, PA. Agency responsible for the establishment of real property values.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Nine county, two state regional cooperative organization providing services to member governments such as planning analysis, data collection and mapping. Includes over 650 reports dating from 1988.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Includes regional research and reports such as the Business Review and the Business Outlook Survey. Links to all research and working papers can be found here.

Office of the Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia. Financial reports, including the Budget Detail and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Includes city planning reports and documents such as: The FY2011-2016 Capital Program and Philadelphia 2035: The Comprehensive Plan.


Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. Information about visiting Philadelphia and tourism research reports.

Philadelphia International Airport. Includes Aviation Activity Reports from 1998 to the present.

Philadelphia Research Initiative. From the Pew Charitable Trusts. Research and analysis about key issues in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Annual Reports and the Member List are also accessible.

Statistics & Census Data

County Business Patterns. From the US Census Bureau.

County and City Data Book. From the US Census Bureau.

Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project. From Temple University. Includes an annual report titled "Where We Stand: Community Indicators for Metropolitan Philadelphia".

Mid-Atlantic Information Office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional economic indicators, including the Philadelphia Regional Office CPI (Consumer Price Index) Announcement.

NIS NeighborhoodBase. Web based maps integrated with over 275 data elements in eight catagories: housing characteristics, land use, property ownership, property taxes and revenue, real estate sales, utility information, vacancy & abandonment indicators, and US Census data.

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Statistics. Includes statistics on births, deaths, marriage, divorce, injury, cancer, communicable disease, health facilities, and more.

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Workforce Information. Includes downloadable reports on careers, the civilian labor force, wages, top employers, and demographics.

Pennsylvania State Data Center. Demographic and economic data for PA.

Philadelphia (City) QuickFacts. From the US Census Bureau.

Print Resources: Directories & Guides

The following is a sample of Philadelphia business specific titles available at our library. To browse additional titles, search Franklin, our online catalog, for Subject Keywords such as: Philadelphia business, Philadelphia directories, Philadelphia commerce, Philadelphia industries, etc.

Book of Business Lists. Philadelphia Business Journal.
HC 108 P5 B665 (Lippincott Library Reference Desk). Online version contains the past year.

County and City Extra: Annual Metro, City and County Data Book.
HA202 .A365 (Lippincott Library Reference Stacks, most current at Lippincott Reference Desk)

Dalton Philadelphia Metro Business Directory : Philadelphia/suburbs/South Jersey/Delaware.
HC108.P5 D34 (Lippincott Library Reference Desk)

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce membership directory and business guide.
HF5041 .C536 (Lippincott Library Reference Desk)

Greater Philadelphia Media Guide.
P88.8 .G732 (Van Pelt Reference Desk)

McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory and The Philadelphia Directory. Historical directories dating from 1785-1867.

Pennsylvania Industrial Directory.
HC107.P4 A28 (Lippincott Library Reference Desk). Includes sales estimates for companies and is organized by location, industry, and product category, as well as alphabetically by company.

Philadelphia Municipal Documents. Historical directories and ordinances available through

Articles & News

New Jersey Business. Jan. 1960 - current.
HC107.N5 N38 (Lippincott Library, unbound issues in Lippincott Current Periodicals.
Available from 1990 through Factiva. Go to Search, Search Builder, enter New Jersey Business in the Find a Source box, click on Publication: New Jersey Business to choose it, enter your keyword search terms in the free text box.

Philadelphia Business Journal.
Latest year only retained in Lippincott Current Periodicals on Oversize Shelves and in the online version.

Philadelphia Daily News. Also searchable through NewsBank. Current issues are held in the Current Periodicals section of the library until the microfilm is received.

Philadelphia Inquirer. Also searchable through NewsBank. Current issues are held in the Current Periodicals section of the library until the microfilm is received.

Philadelphia Magazine.
HC108.P5 G7 (Van Pelt, Unbound issues at Periodicals Desk)

Associations & Companies

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

ReferenceUSA. A database to generate lists of businesses, searchable by geographic area.

Select Greater Philadelphia. An economic development marketing program. Contains statistics and data about doing business in Philadelphia. Also contains an annual downloadable regional report with sector information.