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The Shrinking of the Middle Class in America

The Shrinking of the Middle Class in America Even as the economy is reported to be in ‘recovery’ we continue to hear about the long-term impact of the ‘Great Recession’ on the Middle Class, particularly that it is shrinking. Is it true? Take a look at the data, and it’s hard to disagree. Fewer households […]

Why You Should Franchise Your Business

As with any business model there are benefits and drawbacks. Franchising your business can lead to exponential growth if the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Geo-Targeting Your Website

Geo-Targeting Your Website We are all familiar with Google, Bing and other similar search engines getting in our heads, offering suggested searches based on just a few letters being entered in the search box… “did you mean…?” Sometimes it’s helpful, sometimes it’s annoying, and sometimes it’s downright scary! Google stores every bit of information it […]

Newspaper Map – World Newspapers

Newspaper Map – Web Resource Okay news junkies and map geeks, check out this fabulous interactive website:! Not only is it visually stunning, it is an excellent online tool for anyone interested in local news. The developers of the website, located in Sweden, have this motto: All news is local news Local perspectives on global […]

ISPCA Emergency Beacon System

The program is a satellite-based search and rescue (SAR) distress alert detection and information system, which ‘listens and watches’ for emergency beacon signals activated by aircraft, ships and backcountry hikers in distress.

Painting Industry – Looking Brighter

Painting Industry – Looking Brighter The painting industry includes businesses primarily involved in applying paint, special coatings and wall coverings to the interiors and exteriors of buildings for both residential and non-residential customers.  As such, the industry is closely tied with overall trends in home improvement and the construction industry. The past five years have […]

World’s Largest Oil Spills (25th Anniversary of Exxon-Valdez)

On March 24, 1989, exactly 25 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the pristine water. It was the largest oil spill in the U.S. at the time. The disaster had far-reaching effects. With fishermen no […]

Minimum Wage in 2014

In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, minimum wage was once again a hot topic. Obama urged local leaders not to wait for Congress to act, but rather to take matters in their own hands and raise the minimum wage to $10.10, well above the current $7.25 federal minimum wage under the Fair […]

NewsMap – visualizing data on a treemap

Visualizing data… that’s what mapping is all about. At GeoMetrx, our specialty is creating and mapping franchise territories and sales territories. Maps helps us conceptualize the story data is trying to tell in a way that is easy to understand. There is virtually no data that cannot be mapped in some way, and while we […]

Floral Industry – Valentine’s Day Roses

On this day of love, the floral industry is blooming! According to (International Floral Organisation), 25% of adults in the U.S. purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day in 2013. Men outpaced women 2 to 1 on this holiday (64% vs. 36%, respectively). Similar sales levels are expected in 2014. Men give […]

2014 Franchise 500 Ranking

The 35th annual Franchise 500, compiled by  reveals the top performers in franchising for 2014. Jumping to the number one spot is Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour gym franchise. The company was ranked #6 in 2013, a remarkable climb considering it first opened its doors in 2002. Based in Minneapolis, the company now has nearly […]

Median Income vs. Median Rent Heat Maps

Median Income vs. Median Rent Heat Maps – business site location analysis tools We hear a lot about the real estate market these days and how fluctuating costs are impacting local economies. If your business relies on minimum wage employees, for example, it will be more difficult to maintain a workforce if located in an […]

Meal Preparation: “Don’t Have Time” Heat Map – Service Franchise Opportunity

Meal Preparation: “Don’t Have Time” As a society, time is a commodity of which we never seem to have enough. One of the casualties of lack of time is the shrinking number of families spending time together around the dinner table enjoying homemade meals. Meal preparation businesses are growing in popularity to fill this gap in […]

Meal Preparation Business – A Recipe for Success

Meal Preparation Business – A Recipe for Success The holidays are once again upon us and our busy factor is in overdrive! With the exception of a big holiday meal, we often find ourselves sacrificing time spent with our families around the dinner table. Studies show there are many great benefits of eating together, such […]

Best Satellite Image of 2013?

Best Satellite Image of 2013? Want to vote for your favorite image of the year from Digital Globe? The top 20 images have been narrowed to 5, and you can like your favorite(s) on their Facebook page. Voting is open until the end of the year (12/31/13). These are some pretty neat satellite images. How […]

Home Decor – An Improving Market

Home Decor – An ‘Improving’ Market What many are now calling the ‘Great Recession’ that began in earnest in late 2008, continues to have far-reaching affects on the US and world economies. Signs of recovery are evident in many sectors, including the home decor market, which is ‘improving’ (pun intended!). The improvement is partially in […]

New Beach Front Property? If all the ice melted…

When it comes to global warming, or rather the new, more PC term, climate change, there is one main theme – rising temperatures of both land and sea. While the debate rages on whether this threat is real or perceived, or whether it’s human induced or a natural geological cycle, one thing is certain, the […]

Hurricane, Typhoon, or Cyclone? Location, Location, Location!

Weather around the world continues to be wild and unpredictable. Our hearts go out to everyone in the Philippines affected by super-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that made landfall on Nov. 8, 2013. The death toll has reached 4,000 and continues to climb. An estimated 9 to 13 million people have been affected by the storm in 44 […]

Youth Sports Industry – A Growing Opportunity

Youth Sports Industry –  A Growing Opportunity October brings with it many wonderful happenings. The leaves are changing colors; kids, both young and old, are partaking in Halloween festivities; and sports are in the air. Baseball fans are enjoying the post-season with its play-offs and World Series match-ups; and football fans are gathering on weekends […]

Daylight Saving Time – Why do we do it?

Many of us are spending this week adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST), having moved our clocks back one hour this past weekend.  Some of us are able to leap out of bed a little more easily in the morning when the alarm clock blares, with the rested feeling that comes from […]

Climate Data – Particulate Matter Index

Climate Data: Particulate Matter Index Location – Location – Location; the age-old advice when opening a business is just as true today as it has ever been. There are many factors to take into consideration from property accessibility to a well-matched customer base to operating costs and more. Additionally, environmental conditions and regulations can also […]

Tutoring Services – An Inspiring Opportunity

Labor Day has come and gone and in its wake new clothes are being donned, lunch boxes are being packed, yellow school buses are rolling by, crossing guards are providing safe routes, kids are toting backpacks, and bells are ringing in school halls everywhere, officially ushering in a new school year; and with it comes […]

Air Quality – Measurement Industry Opportunities: The Sky is the Limit

Air Quality – Measurement Industry Opportunities: The Sky is the Limit On December 31, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Clean Air Act intended to “foster the growth of a strong American economy and industry while improving human health and the environment.” In the 40 years plus since, the EPA has been working to […]

Satellite Imagery Firm Requests Lift on Resolution Limits

DigitalGlobe, of Longmont, Colorado, is a commercial vendor of space imagery and geospatial content, and operator of civilian remote sensing spacecraft. Recently, the firm requested the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to lift restrictions and allow the company to provide higher resolution images. The current regulation limits images to a resolution of a half […]

40 Maps that Explain the World

We’d like to share with you a blog post from Max Fisher and the Washington Post Foreign Staff. Max wrote a great post including both existing and newly created maps that each give a unique view of the world. WARNING: Do not click on the link to Max’s post unless you have some time to […]

Reinventing the Modern Book Store: A New Chapter Begins

Reinventing the Modern Book Store: A New Chapter Begins The digital age has brought about a vast amount of change in how we live our everyday lives and it has had a major impact on the business world as well. One of the most tangible changes has been in the media industry. The increasing interest […]

Map of US Rivers

Map of US Rivers What an incredible Map of US Rivers! Using USGS data, Nelson Minar has created a vector tile map of all the water flowlines in the 48 contiguous states.  While he cautions that he includes all the flowlines available in the dataset (i.e. “lots of seasonal creekbeds, arroyos, etc.”) it’s still a […]

Golf Industry on the Upswing

Golf Industry on the Upswing: Market Entry Opportunities Golfing in the U.S. is estimated to be a $25 billion industry – $20 billion in greens fees, $4 billion in equipment and $1 billion in apparel sales. In addition to operating golf courses and country clubs, other industry activities include providing food and beverage services, equipment […]

Discovering the True Shape of the Earth

Discovering the True Shape of the Earth One of the first geography lessons we learn is that the Earth is round and not flat, but that was not always the case. The history of discovering the earth’s true shape is long and complex. There were many theories and beliefs about the shape of the Earth […]

The Winning Ticket – State Lotteries are Big Business for Authorized Retailers

The Winning Ticket State Lotteries are Big Business for Authorized Retailers If you saw the 1998 movie “Waking Ned Devine,” you’ll never forget the opening scene when poor Ned dies of shock with a smile on his face and the winning lottery ticket firmly grasped in his hand. The remainder of the movie is filled […]

Where are the Microbrewers?

Last year we published the blog post below showcasing our data mapping in response to the question: Where are the Beer Drinkers?  We’d like to update our post with a great map that was created to showcase the abundance of Microbrewers around the U.S. from the great folks at in celebration of American Craft Beer […]

Memorial Day • Honoring our Vets

Memorial Day – Honoring our Vets Today we’d like to take a moment to remember and honor all of our servicemen and servicewomen who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. We’d also like to remember and honor their families who have also sacrificed so much as well. Remember to thank these brave […]

Think Warm Thoughts – World’s Unique Beaches

Think Warm Thoughts: World’s Unique Beaches As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, often considered the start of the summer season, much of the country continues to endure cold temps and even winter-like conditions in some areas. Snow is expected in parts of the Northeast. Perhaps if we think warm thoughts we can turn around […]

Ice Tsunami – Say What?

Ice Tsunami – Say What? Mother Nature sure has some interesting tricks up her sleeve. Wind, rain, snow, sleet, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts, dust storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and much more. But have you ever heard of an ice tsunami? Okay, that’s not the real name of the weather phenomenon, it’s actually an ice shove, but […]

Tax Preparation Industry

Many tax professionals can be found relaxing on beaches around the globe, basking in the sunshine and the relief of making it through yet another frenzied tax season. The vast majority of Americans rely heavily on these professionals, especially as the annual impending approach of tax day on April 15th creates a ‘sinking’ feeling for many of […]

Wireless Charging – A Magnetic Future

Wireless Charging – A Magnetic Future If you are sitting at your workspace take a look around you. How many wires and cords do you see? As our lives become more and more dependent on electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, laptops, digital cameras, wireless routers, modems, dvrs and more), we need an equal number of […]

The Boston Marathon Course

The Boston Marathon Course Source: Washington Post – Boston Marathon 2013 Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragic events at this year’s Boston Marathon, as 2013 marked the 117th running of the world’s oldest annual marathon, and one of the most renowned races of all. Held on the third […]

Grocery Store Expenditures

Weekly Grocery Store Expenditures: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! Food is one of the most basic necessities of life along with water, shelter and clothing. Meals and snacks are a major component of our day to day existence. One of the first things we do each day is ‘break’ our overnight ‘fast,’ hence […]

Real-time Earthquake Map

Real-time Earthquake Map Most of us don’t give much thought to earthquakes if we don’t live in California, Alaska or Hawaii, but you might be surprised to learn that earthquakes pose a significant threat to 75 million Americans in 39 States, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The two most common questions following […]

The Evolution of the Grocery Store Industry: Newly Emerging Niche Market Opportunities

The Evolution of the Grocery Store Industry: Newly Emerging Niche Market Opportunities Back in the 1800s, long before we had cars and refrigeration, food shopping was a much different task than it is now in the modern era. In order to gather all the food items needed, shoppers had to visit several different shopkeepers. Grocers […]

A Valentine from the Heart

A Valentine from the Heart In February 2012, Payam Rajabi, who had recently moved to San Francisco for a new job, pumped out a ‘Valentine from the Heart’ for his girlfriend Clare, who was still living in Toronto, by cycling and mapping his route via GPS. How sweet is that?!!! This love story came to […]

Cartograph Much?

Cartograph Much? When we’re fascinated by something more than the average bear, how do we define ourselves? What would Yogi say about his obsession with stealing picnic baskets, for instance? Is Yogi a geek, dweeb, dork, or nerd? Perhaps we could ask Boo Boo. Better yet, this Venn diagram circulating the web provides a visual […]

Movie Rental Kiosks: A “Reel” Opportunity

Movie Rental Kiosks: A “Reel” Opportunity Hollywood has long held a special place in the hearts of Americans, and watching movies has become one of our most beloved pastimes. A good movie catapults us into another world and allows our imaginations to run free, creating an almost hypnotic-like state of being. For a couple of […]

Pop vs Soda – A Soft Drink by any other name is…

Pop vs Soda A soft drink by any other name is… just as bubbly, or is it? I remember a funny story my mother shared with me years ago. She and some college friends at a school in the upper Midwest stopped in at a local diner for lunch. One of her friends ordered an […]

Digital Globes: More than just a Map

Hollywood has long been a source of imagination and awe, incorporating some pretty amazing and futuristic ideas, particularly in SciFi movies. Holographs and other virtual imagery (think Matrix and Avatar) come to mind. And for all of the Star Wars fans out there, you may recall Admiral Ackbar utilizing a digital, touch-controlled globe as he […]

Charitable Contributions Heat Map

Charitable Contributions Heat Map America is a generous country. In 2011, $298B was donated to charities by individuals, corporations and foundations. With 65% of households giving annually, individuals accounted for the lion’s share of donations at $217.8B. Additional information on charitable contributions can be found by visiting the National Philanthropic Trust website. At GeoMetrx, we […]

Arctic Paradise: Lofoten Norway

Arctic Paradise: Lofoten Norway As winter approaches our thoughts drift to warm tropical Caribbean getaways. The sound of the Beach Boys’ Kokomo playing softly in the background… Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you, Bahamas, Bermuda, c’mon pretty mama… …as we dream of golden beaches and translucent blue waters. From December 2011 to March 2012, […]

Mapping Drought Predictors

Mapping drought predictors promises to be an early warning system. Indicators of the 2012 drought were visible by satellite image before the plants themselves showed visible signs of drought related plant stress. Mapping data is a powerful tool, not only allowing us to analyze what has occurred, but helping us predict future outcomes.

Hunting Heat Map

Hunting Heat Map Hunting is a popular recreational activity in the U.S., with 13.7 million (aged 16+) taking part in 2011. As wildlife habitats continue to shrink due to expanding urbanization, the balance of hunting on public vs. private land is shifting. Hunting on public land decreased 19% between 1996 and 2006. Figures for 2011 […]

Hunting Industry Overview

Fall is in the air and our thoughts turn to a bountiful harvest table. The leaves have turned beautiful and brilliant colors and now gently drift downward landing softly and creating nature’s most amazing carpet. In yards everywhere the leaves are raked into piles readied for composting or burning. In the forest they remain undisturbed […]

A Real Lego Land: “Cargotecture”

A Real Lego Land: “Cargotecture” Resourcefulness: the ability to solve a difficult problem with creativity.  Or perhaps, stated differently, an essential quality of an entrepreneur. One such team of entrepreneurs, Robert Humble and Joel Egan of Hybrid Architecture in Seattle are exactly that – resourceful. For the past decade they have been refurbishing old storage containers, the […]

US Turkey Industry – Let’s Talk Turkey

US Turkey Industry – Let’s Talk Turkey In 2011, the US turkey industry raised 248.5 million turkeys and earned nearly $5 billion in gross farm income. The same number of turkeys is expected to be raised in 2012 as well. The U.S.  is the biggest consumer of turkey. Last year the average amount of turkey […]

Geography Games

Web Resources: Geography Games How well do you know your geography? Can you find your way around a world map? When reading about world events in the paper, or catching up on the evening world news, how well can you place the countries and cities from where the top stories are being reported? Do you […]

ZIP Codes – Then and Now

ZIP Codes, those handy little five digits (okay, sometimes nine… ZIP+4) are something we use regularly, yet probably don’t think much about. They’ve existed since the beginning of time, right? Or at least since the inception of the Postal Service (USPS), right? Wrong! In fact, they have only been in existence for about 50 years. […]

Electoral Vote vs. Popular Vote

Electoral Vote vs. Popular Vote The popular vote is pretty simple to understand – every vote cast counts. The presidential candidate with the most votes is the winner of the popular vote. But that does not mean that candidate will win the presidency. For that we have to wait until the Electoral College votes. What […]

GeoMetrx Common Ground News: Volume 1: Issue 10 – ZIP Codes: Then and Now

See the newsletter with all graphics at COMMON GROUND VOLUME 1 : ISSUE 10 NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE LINK.  Text only version provided below, links only work in the full archived version via the link above. To sign up to receive the very latest and all future Common Ground Newsletters, you can sign up at the link in […]

ZIP Code Overlay Options: Boundaries, Polygons and Points

ZIP Code Overlays: Boundaries, Polygons and Points In GeoMetrx there are three ZIP Code Overlay options: Boundaries; Polygon; and Point. – The Boundaries overlay provides exactly that, a visible boundary, or border, around a polygon shape representing a STANDARD ZIP Code area, which is assigned to a particular geographic area of homes and businesses. – […]

Tips & Techniques – Creating Territory Reports

Tips & Techniques – Creating Territory Reports  Visualizing your territories is extremely valuable, and being able to combine that with data output is exponentially even more useful. In our most recent video tutorial, we show you how to create territory reports step by step. Creating Territory Reports allows you to see the your data both visually […]

Bicycling Heat Map

GeoMetrx Data in Action: Bicycling Heat Map This is a follow-up post to our Bike Sharing article. Bicycling is a great activity. It promotes a healthier lifestyle and provides zero-emissions transportation. In addition to our GeoMetrx data used to create the heat map below, here are some more bicycling statistics: • Bicycling is the second […]

Franchising Opportunity: Bike Sharing

Franchising Opportunity: Bike Sharing We are living in an age of increase – increasing population, oil and gas prices, pollution, traffic congestion, infrastructure crisis, and even our waist lines. You might think the last item on that list is out of place; however, many of our modern conveniences have a direct link to our lack […]

Astronauts Punch the Clock

Astronauts Punch the Clock The Big Bang Theory is one of the top ranking sitcoms on television and is now in its 6th season, which began airing last Thursday (9/27/12). The season opens with one of the main characters, Howard Wolowitz, aboard the International Space Station.  I have to admit this got me to thinking […]

Presidential Map by State of Birth

Presidential Map by State of Birth Election day is just a few weeks away and the campaign efforts of both candidates are in full swing. For those of us who are addicted to data and maps, these are exciting times. How many red and blue states will there be? How will the popular vote map […]

FAA Airport Delay Map – It Wasn’t the Weather

This past weekend I had the pleasure of making one of those late Sunday night runs to the airport to provide a ride home for my husband. Now, I couldn’t really say no, and it certainly was cheaper than leaving a car parked at the airport all week, but, ugh, it was late! And then […]

Forest for the Trees

Never before have we been able to see the forest for the trees in such detail.  Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, MA compiled the “National Biomass and Carbon Dataset for the year 2000” (NBCD2000) generating a high-resolution, spatially explicit map, that will form the baseline for future studies. The dataset and […]

Customer Spotlight: Medafor, Inc.

Customer Spotlight: Medafor, Inc. We would like to welcome our newest customer, Medafor, Inc., to our GeoMetrx family. Having been in business for more than a decade, Medafor is a rapidly growing medical technology company providing products to the major surgical hemostatic markets around the world including the United States, China and Japan. Based in […]

Health Insurance Ownership – Heat Map

Health Insurance Ownership – Heat Map The Health Insurance Industry continues to be a major topic of discussion in the U.S., particularly with the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obama Care”).  Despite the challenges faced by this industry and the continued rocky road toward economic recovery, the industry is holding its […]

Interactive Weather Map

Web Resources: Interactive Hurricane Tracker Last night I was ‘half-watching’ the news waiting for the weather report, and when it finally came on I not only got the information I wanted, but also a sweet extra… more on that in a moment.  Why was I so anxious for the weather report? Well, we are supposed […]

Book Release: Mapping the Nation

Geography in the News: Book Release Susan Schulten, a self-proclaimed map enthusiast, author and history professor at the University of Denver, has recently published her second book, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America, (University of Chicago Press, July 6, 2012). For the past two centuries, maps have been an important part of […]

Money Map Poster

Geography in the News: Money Map Poster Heraclitus (535 B.C. – 475 B.C.), is the Greek philosopher credited with coining the phrase, “nothing endures but change,” which has often been translated to the saying we are more familiar with “the only constant is change.”  Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), a Russian-born, American author, brought the concept into […]

Train Travel Heat Map

GeoMetrx Data in Action: Train Travel  Heat Map Our GeoMetrx online mapping application excels in creating rich demographic reports, demographic mapping, aligning & mapping sales or franchise territories, performing market analysis, retail site selection and much more. You can use our available current year demographic datasets or upload your own company data to aggregate, compare, rank […]

High Speed Rail: A Vision for the Future

High Speed Rail: A Vision for the Future The U.S. owes much of its early growth and prosperity to the railroads, and if the visionaries of our country persevere, they may once again regain their prior glory attained during the “Golden Age” of railroading.  Railroads enjoyed the height of their popularity for more than a […]

Olympic Games Host Cities

Olympic Games Host Cities “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat…,” the ultimate sporting competition is just days away! The 27th Summer Olympics are set to open this Saturday, July 27th, in London. This will be the third time London has been bestowed with the honor of hosting the summer games, having previously done […]

Long-term Health Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Long-term Health Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster A new report on the long-term global health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as a result of the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, were released earlier this week in the journal of Energy and Environmental Science. The research study was conducted by Recent PhD graduate […]

Online Shopping – Heat Map Data

Online Shopping – How Widespread is it? There is little evidence in America, and even the world for that matter, that we will outgrow this computer and Internet fad-thingy.  Instant and constant access to information has changed, and continues to change, the way we live our lives both personally and professionally. One of the many […]

Earth Album

Web Resources: Earth Album If you enjoy maps and photography, we have a great website for you: Earth Album. This website combines the power and detail of Google Maps with some of the most beautiful photography from around the world, courtesy of Flickr. The top images on Flickr are used, and therefore the images change […]

May the FOURTH be with you

Happy Fourth of July !!! May the FOURTH be with you !!!

Domestic Travel Heat Map

GeoMetrx Data in Action: Domestic Travel Our GeoMetrx online mapping application excels in creating rich demographic reports, demographic mapping, aligning & mapping sales or franchise territories, performing market analysis, retail site selection and much more. You can use our available current year demographic datasets or upload your own company data to aggregate, compare, rank and map data on […]

Travel and Tourism: A Panorama of Opportunity

Travel and Tourism: A Panorama of Opportunity Humans are curious by nature. From the moment we are born we begin to explore the world around us and as soon as we gain mobility we just keep on moving. For many, this curiosity develops into a lifelong passion to travel the world and experience life to […]

Airfare Pricing Map

Web Resources: Airfare Pricing Map The cost of airfare often determines travelers’ vacation destinations. Searching for airline prices city by city can be time-consuming and simply reviewing a list of “special offer” fares can be very limiting. At GeoMetrx, we strongly believe in the power of visually mapping data, which makes this website resource,, […]

Unique Travel Destinations

Unique Travel Destinations Kicking off our travel series, we bring you some of the world’s most unique places to visit. We recently discovered a terrific website, The Atlas Obscura, which defines itself as “the definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places.” The content of the web-site is generated by users and […]

Deepwater Horizon: Continuing Impact

This past April marked the two-year ‘anniversary’ of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, when the offshore drilling rig being leased by BP exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana. The disaster resulted in 4.9 million barrels of oil being spewed into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of nearly three months, and covering an […]

Pest Control Heat Map

GeoMetrx Data in Action: Pest Control It’s certainly been a warmer than average spring across much of the U.S., and add to that a mild winter for much of the country as well, and you have ideal conditions for a very buggy summer.  According to Ron Harrison, an entomologist with Orkin, “the mild winter in […]

Pest Control – Industry Overview

Franchising Opportunities: Pest Control The pest control industry provides a variety of services to homeowners and businesses, such as locating, identifying, destroying, catching, controlling and repelling pests. These services are provided in a variety of ways including applying chemicals, installing physical barriers, and setting traps. Some pest control service companies cater to the humanitarian customer […]

Mobile & Desktop Maps

Web Resources:  Mobile & Desktop Maps Have you ever needed to find a location on Google Maps using just latitude and longitude coordinates? It can be tricky if you don’t enter the information in just the right format.  Or perhaps you’ve needed to know the coordinates of a particular location or address? Well, we have […]

Geography Lists For Fun

Facts & Figures:  Geography Lists Looking for a fun book to read this summer? We’ve discovered a must have for any true geography buff, “The Largest U.S. Cities Named After a Food: and Other Mind-Boggling Geography Lists from Around the World” published by Santa Monica Press.  The book contains more than 500 lists of geographic […]

Understanding Latitude and Longitude

Understanding Latitude and Longitude The map grid system of coordinates, latitude and longitude, can pinpoint any location on earth. The system was developed back in the middle ages and is still in use today. When looking at a map, latitude lines (also referred to as parallels) run parallel to the equator while longitude lines (also […]

U.S. Child Population Density Map

U.S. Child Population Density Map Children’s interests are broad. Parents are constantly looking for new avenues of exploration to fuel their offsprings’ natural inquisitiveness and enthusiasm. With the large variety of children’s enrichment franchise opportunities currently available, a thorough market analysis can help determine which activities are abundant in a market and which are lacking […]

Summertime Fun: Children’s Enrichment Franchises

Children’s Enrichment Franchises Across the nation, the last school bells of the year are ringing and kids are celebrating the arrival of summer break. Swimming pools, park outings, ball games, summer camps, backyard barbecues and so much more await them. On average, kids are out of school for 6 to 12 weeks and parents are […]

Word Cloud Generators

Web Resources: Word Cloud Generators   Turning data into a visual representation is a highly effective way to communicate concepts and share information. We typically think of a map as a representation of geographical information, but we can also “map” data. Today’s blog is about mapping words by creating word clouds, also known as tag […]

Space Taxis

Geography in the News: Space Taxis   The reality of vacations to outer space and checking in at a hotel on the moon is closer than one might think, though some of the first private businesses to operate in the ‘final frontier’ are likely to be International Space Station taxi services and those harvesting rare […]

Public Transportation: The Savings Add Up

GeoMetrx Data In Action: Public Transportation   Each month the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) publishes the Transit Savings Report. This report calculates the average monthly savings for individuals in a two-person household who ride public transportation instead of driving a car. The report factors in the costs of owning a vehicle, the national average […]

Remember When We Used to Walk Everywhere? Honda Unveils UNI-CUB

Honda Unveils UNI-CUB   Getting from Point A to Point B is something we do all day, every day without much thought. We navigate the halls of our homes, half awake each morning as we prepare for the day. We slip behind the wheel of our car and drive to the office, the store, church, […]

Mapping Your Success: Online Mapping Resources

Web Resources: U.S. State Maps   At Geographic Enterprises, we love maps. All of our services and applications are geared toward ‘mapping your success’ with our many online mapping resources. • GeoMetrx – Our web-based territory mapping software platform that allows you to dynamically aggregate, compare, rank, and map thousands of preloaded attributes along with […]

Blowing in the Wind: The Pros and Cons of Wind Farms

Geography in the News: Wind Farms   Mention ‘wind farming’ and you are likely to whip up a debate faster than Dorothy’s house was whisked away in The Wizard of Oz!  Wind is generally considered to be the second largest renewable energy source behind solar, and the use of wind turbines is the most common […]

Gardening: A Growing Hobby

Gardening: A Growing Hobby   In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we often seek refuge in our hobbies and interests in hopes of maintaining balance and finding purpose. Gardening has long been a favorite leisure time activity for many Americans, allowing us to reconnect with nature and providing many a sense of […]

The Growing Locavore Movement: A Ripe Opportunity

The Growing Locavore Movement: A Ripe Opportunity   Whether you tout the philosophy of the locavore movement or stand behind the economic theory of free trade, your defenders as well as your detractors will be on hand, ready and willing to share their opinion. Yet, no matter which side of the debate you are on, […]

Franchise Times Spring/Summer 2012 SuperBook

Web Resources: Franchise Times Spring/Summer 2012 Superbook   The Spring/Summer 2012 SuperBook of Franchise Opportunities, published by Franchise Times is out. This free resource is available in digital format online, putting a substantial amount of information at the fingertips of anyone interested in the franchising industry. The SuperBook includes a comprehensive list of franchise opportunities […]

Earth Day 2012: NASA Unveils Updated “State of Flux” Website

Earth Day 2012: NASA Unveils Update “State of Flux” Website   Earth Day 2012, which is observed each year on April 22nd, took place this past weekend and was marked by celebrations around the world. Earth Day is an opportunity for environmentally conscious groups and organizations to raise ecological awareness locally, nationally and globally. Even […]

Baby Boomers on the Move

Baby Boomers on the Move   At the conclusion of World War II, the United States experienced an explosion of births for nearly two decades, as more than 76 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964.  Improved living conditions, medical care and disease control have all contributed to greater life expectancies and, as a […]

Home Health Care Industry – Franchise Opportunities

Home Health Care: The Aging of America   The fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is the 65+ age group.  By the year 2030, it is projected that one out of every five Americans, 70 million people, will be over the age of 65. As the “boomers” continue to age, this figure is expected to […]

A Barrel of Oil… give or take 31 Billion

Facts & Figures: A Barrel of Oil   Have you ever wondered how much oil is consumed every day? The answer, as you probably suspected, is a lot – more than 31 billion barrels (85.3m/day) were consumed worldwide in 2010. The United States is the largest consumer of oil in the world, using more than […]

Gas Prices, Sanctions and Speculations

Gas Prices, Sanctions and Speculations   One thing almost every American is acutely aware of these days is the price of a gallon of gasoline. Up until the last two weeks, prices had been steadily rising, fueling fears that prices wouldn’t level out until they reached the $5.00/gallon mark or more. However, prices appear to […]

Pet Services: A Growing Industry

Pet Services: A Growing Industry   Every two years the American Pet Products Association (APPA) conducts its in-depth National Pet Owner’s Survey. The most recent 2011-12 study reveals a growing industry, with an estimated 72.9 million households (62%) reporting pet ownership, up from 71.4 million from the 2009-10 study. The types of pets covered in […]

Making Taxes Less Taxing for Small Business Owners

Tax Tips for Small Business Owners   It’s that dreaded time of year when taxes are due… again! If only we could sweep them under the carpet and pretend they didn’t exist, right? However, it’s best to simply tackle them head on and get them done. If you’re one who waits until the last minute […]

Shopping Centers in the U.S. – Expansion Continues

Facts & Figures: Shopping Centers in the U.S.   As the national conversation continues to focus on the concerns of the economy both local and global, subtle yet positive signs keep popping up here and there that buoy our spirits. One of those signs is the continued growth of shopping centers. Shopping centers are defined […]

EARTH Platinum – World’s Largest Atlas

EARTH Platinum – World’s Largest Atlas   At a whopping 6 ft. tall by 4.5 ft. wide (9 ft. when opened) and weighing in at 264 pounds, the Millennium House publishers of Sydney Australia created the World’s Largest Atlas: EARTH Platinum. And they didn’t just do it once; 31 individually numbered copies were published in […]

Where are the Beer Drinkers?

Data Mapping: Where are the Beer Drinkers?  In recognition of the merry month of March, including the onset of Spring, NCAA March Madness and the good ol’ Irish St. Patrick’s day celebration, our thematic map is dedicated to beer! We have plotted domestic beer drinkers across the nation.The light colored areas (think light beer) have […]

Expanding Distribution Channels and Exploring New Markets

Every business, no matter how large or how small, wants to sell more of its existing products and services. In order to do so, businesses must expand their market reach to acquire additional customers. Increasing sales in existing markets through advertising and marketing strategies is certainly not to be overlooked; however, the most effective way […]

Neighborhood Walkability Score

Watching the Web:   How walkable is your neighborhood?  How walkable is the area surrounding your business?  What makes a neighborhood walkable?, a web resource that has scored thousands of neighborhoods across the U.S., has the answers.  Scores are assigned with values ranging from 0 to 100 based on the following criteria listed […]

U.S. Solar Energy Potential

U.S. Solar Energy Potential   Solar energy is clean, renewable and abundant in the U.S., especially in the lower 48 states. In the shadow of global warming and rising fossil fuel prices, harnessing the power from the heat and light of the sun is once again returning to the forefront of our national conversation. Advances […]

Solar Energy Industry Flares in 2011

Geography in the News: Solar Energy Industry Flares in 2011   The Solar Energy industry in the U.S. is experiencing tremendous growth.  2011 was a record breaking year for installations of photovoltaics (PV), which convert sunlight directly to electricity.  The overall US capacity of PV has now reached 3,954 MW (megawatts), enough to power 800,000 […]

March Madness Fans

March Madness Fans: Basketball Fever is upon us and what better way to embrace March Madness than to ‘post up’ some fun fan data?!  The four number one seeds in the 2012 NCAA Championship are Kentucky (South), Syracuse (East), Michigan State (West), and North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Midwest).  There’s plenty of commentary about the prospects of […]

International Franchise Expo (IFE) Moves to New York City

International Franchise Expo (IFE) Moves to New York City: For the past 20 years the International Franchise Expo (IFE) has been held in our nation’s capital.  This year, however, the big event will take place in the Big Apple!  The IFE is America’s biggest franchise event showcasing franchise concepts from every imaginable industry both domestic […]

U.S. Custom Wall Maps

U.S. Custom Wall Maps: We wanted to share a couple of great websites for U.S. Maps  The first site is, which features a variety of online maps from all 50 states including, cities and roads, elevations, physical features, rivers and lakes, and more.  The maps are provided by a variety of contributors.  Here is an […]

10 Great Cities for Starting a Business

So you’re ready to jump in and start a business, making your entrepreneurial aspirations come to life; that’s great! Where should you set up shop? Well, Kipplinger’s recently published a list of the top ten best cities for entrepreneurs based on several factors. The criteria they used to assess cities across the US were four-fold […]

Neighborhood Pride – ZIP Code Humor

Did you catch The Office last night? Did you catch the geography humor? Do you have neighborhood pride? Scranton, PA 18505… wait, that’s way too vague, you need ZIP+4, and don’t forget the “dash”! Enjoy the clip ; )

Overfishing – “Keep One-Third for the Birds”

Geography in the News We learn from a young age that our oceans are one of our most valuable resources.  They cover more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface (71% and rising) and contain 97% of Earth’s water (1% is fresh water and 2% is contained in glaciers and ice caps, for the moment anyway).  […]

Fitness Center Franchises

Even before the launch of the Let’s Move campaign by First Lady Michelle Obama, aimed at raising a healthier generation of kids, the fitness center industry has shown steady growth and solid profits for more than two decades.  The campaign, targeting childhood obesity, recognizes that parents play a key role in making healthy choices for […]

Site Selection: CherryBerry Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Bar

The two most important factors affecting the success of any retail business are customers and location, so much so you can’t have one without the other; they are inseparable. However, unlike the age-old question ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg,’ we know that finding customers comes before finding the right location. While it’s true that […]

Real-Time Global Alert Map

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” ~ Samuel Johnson Recently we discovered a handy on-line resource that tracks and monitors extraordinary events around the world as near to real-time as possible which is then displayed on a global alert map.  The […]

Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday – Which States Observe Which Holiday?

It’s the 3rd Monday in February and depending on where you live you may or may not be celebrating a holiday today.  While federal government offices close and the majority of state offices do so as well, many businesses make the most of the holiday by offering patriotic-themed sales. Officially, the United States federal government […]

U.S. Energy Independence: Making Steady Progress

For the past six years, the U.S. has been making steady progress toward achieving energy independence. According to Bloomberg, we are now meeting more than 80% of our own energy demands, which is the highest level achieved since 1992. The last time we were 100% energy independent was back in 1952. There are many factors […]

Valentine Cities and Towns – Is There Romance on the Horizon?

How close are you to finding Romance, Harmony or even your Romeo?  Look no further than our monthly thematic map!  We’ve included a dozen roses, er… cities and towns with names that conjure up images and thoughts of Valentine’s Day. Did you know some of these towns, such as Loveland, CO, have a Valentine’s remailing […]

Fast Casual Dining – A Growing Market

What exactly is Fast Casual dining?  Fast Casual dining restaurants, a relatively new market concept, have found their niche sandwiched between fast food and casual dining.  These restaurants are upscale quick service formats that offer more service along with higher quality food than their traditional fast food counterparts, yet do not provide the full table-side […]

National Geographic: World’s 25 Best Ski Towns

Just hearing the name National Geographic conjures up images in one’s mind of some of the most spectacularly amazing photography of all time.  And they don’t stop there; National Geographic’s in-depth articles inspire us to travel the world.  As old man winter is finally coming out of hibernation, we’d like to bring you their latest […]

Up, Up and Away – U.S. Air Carrier Traffic

If you are in the hospitality industry, chances are your business is impacted by the number of people who travel by air. The Bureau of Transportation has recently released the latest numbers for 3Q2011 U.S. Air Carrier Traffic. Despite all we hear about the recession and its negative impact on travel, the number of passengers […]

Cleveland Volcano: Groundhog Day (er… Year) Effect Looms

Most of us are familiar with what has become known as the “Groundhog Day Effect,” or recurring / repetitive events, based on the blockbuster film starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, but what about a “Groundhog Year Effect?”  Well, brace yourselves, because 2012 may bring us exactly that! The Aleutian Islands southwest of mainland Alaska […]

Super Bowl Sunday – Battle of the Pizza

Super Bowl Sunday has practically become another holiday for many, even those that aren’t full-fledged football fans.  More than 100 million folks will gather for parties in homes across the country this Sunday to watch the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46).   And what is a party […]

Franchise Opportunities for Veterans

Thousands upon thousands of young men and women who have so heroically served in the U.S. military are beginning to come home in droves, and many of them are joining the ranks of the unemployed.  As of December 2011, 7.7%, or 857,000 of our veterans, were unemployed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In […]

Space Weather

Most of us probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the weather in space.  Wait, weather in space?  Indeed, space experiences disturbances in its environment and since weather terms are a familiar way of describing atmospheric disturbances on Earth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has adopted this language to help communicate […]

Foreclosures: The Storm Rages but Shows Signs of Weakening

The storm of foreclosures continues to rage for homeowners struggling to weather through this rough economy. The West Coast has taken the hardest hit recently, while the Northeast has fared much better. The current foreclosure upsurge is highly concentrated in Las Vegas, NV as 6 of the top 10 worst hit zip codes fall within […]

Resale Shops: A Booming Industry

As one of the franchise industries to watch in 2012, let’s take a closer look at Resale Shops. Ever since the economy turned south, consumers have been turning in increasing numbers to resale and thrift shops in just about every durable good category.  The resale industry is booming as consumer’s look for ways to stretch […]

Dejunking Junk King™ Franchise Territory Management

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.  For Junk King, that statement couldn’t be more true!  Junk King, founded in 2005 by two friends in the San Francisco Bay Area, is one of the fastest growing franchise opportunities in America.  Junk King provides removal and hauling services of non-hazardous materials for both residential and business […]

La Niña and the Snow Drought

Snow drought? Yep, snow drought! In fact, much of the US is experiencing a snow drought so far this winter. The culprit? La Niña! This weather pattern brings with it drier than normal conditions for most of the country as it passes over the US. These conditions, known as a cold phase, are the result […]

GeoMedicine – What is your ‘Place History?’

Where we live plays an important role in our health, but as Bill Davenhall points out in this TEDTalk, physicians typically do not take into account our “place history.” Tracking our place history and the impact it has on our health is referred to as GeoMedicine. GeoMedicine data has tremendous value and far reaching impact […]

World Population: 7 Billion or Not?

Predictions are a tricky business, and even when we think an answer is clear, there can still be debate.  The United Nations claims world population reached the “scary” 7 billion mark on October 31, 2011, while the U.S. Census Bureau estimates we won’t actually reach that mark until March 12, 2012. Despite differences in opinion, predictions […]

Minimum Wage Increases in 8 States

Nearly 1.5 million workers earning minimum wage will have something to celebrate on New Year’s Day – a bigger paycheck! Eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington; will raise the minimum wage rate between 28 and 37 cents per hour. This is in compliance with state laws that require minimum wage […]

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Location, Location, Location – How Will They Reach You?

Location, Location, Location – you hear it all the time.  Is location important to your business?  If your customers come to you then absolutely YES!  Location can mean the difference between success and failure. One of the many factors to consider when choosing the right location is knowing how your customers will get to you.  […]

Franchise Trends 2012 – Opportunity Knocks

If you’re wondering what the hottest trends are in franchising, look no further than Entrepreneur’s 10 Industry Trends for Franchises in 2012.  Some on the list are the usual suspects that have been showing consistently steady growth for years, while others are some new up-and-comers. The industries with the greatest expected potential are: Burger Chains […]

Where are people spending the most money on Fuel?

Here is a map showing where people (data collected from users) are spending the most money on fuel. No surprise that the Bay Area in California leads the list but number 2 may have you scratching your head, Birmingham AL. The lowest on the list is New York City which makes sense since the […]

Exclusive Territory Mapping – Best Practices

Creating Profitable Franchises:  Exclusive Territory Mapping – Best Practices Creating an exclusive franchise territory strategy can be challenging.  Many different factors play a role in the success, or demise of a territory.  Doing your homework ahead of time, laying the proper groundwork for a successful AND profitable territory is a major factor.  You want to […]

Mapping Locations of Local & Tourist Photos on Flickr

This is an excellent example of deriving some new and interesting information from geographically tagged data.  Eric Fischer has developed a library of maps (for 133 cities worldwide) showing the locations of photos taken by local versus tourists within various metros using OpenStreetMap.  Here is a description of how he did it from Flickr; Some […]

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Fallout Maps

Below are several animated time-series maps showing the projected geographic dispersion of several radioactive elements coming from the Fukushima Nuclear disaster site. I discovered these in a recent post on the Zero Hedge site. The original source is the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) based in Austria. A full English language document explaining […]

Sales Strategy & Management

A great blog posting about Sales Strategy and Management from our friends at Leading Strategies. The focus of this article is how everything in an organization comes back to sales.  Strategic planning, forecasting and delivering are all sales centric and its critical to pay attention to these components and execute. Mapping and Aligning Sales […]

Mapping Transnational Organized Crime

I have always been a fan of maps showing data as flows. This interactive map from the Wired Magazine illustrates international criminal trade. I have provided a quick screenshot here, but click through this link for the full interactive map. Stay Grounded, Kent

How far can you fly for $500 – A great interactive map from Kayak

Ever want to know how far you can fly from your home airport?  This interactive map from is amazing.  Give it a try! Click here to access the map.

Franchise Industry Shows Glimmer of Recovery –

  The U.S. franchising industry is poised for modest growth in 2011, according to two new studies to be released this week. Franchise businesses in most sectors are expected to add more store units and employees this year, concludes an analysis produced by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the International Franchise Association, a trade […]

Census 2010 Interactive Timeline

Ok, so we are now over halfway through the first month of 2011…when is the 2010 Census data going to surface?  This timeline may help clear up some of those questions floating around out there. Click Here to access the timeline.

The World’s Population to Reach 7 Billion by the End of 2011 – A Video-Graphic by Nat Geo

This is a very well done video-graphic from National Geographic. Its only 3 minutes but the cram a lot of interesting stats. Enjoy.

Interactive Population Change Map Covering Every Census over the last 100 Years

This is an excellent interactive map courtesy of the US Census Bureau.  It shows population changes state by state between each decennial census starting in 1910.  Take note that the 2010 Census data is due on December 21 so come back in a few days to see how your state does in 2010.  Also keep […]

5 Strategies to Maximize your Franchise Sales

Franchise organizations today are faced with a serious challenge, to produce more with less.  How does your organization manage this issue?  Don’t worry, it’s a rhetorical question, one to get the wheels turning.   I am sharing 5 strategies below that I have regularly encountered over the years from listening to clients and mapping my own […]

Is your Franchise Expanding Internationally?

Franchise Companies are growing quickly these days and much of this growth is seen internationally.  Now with growth comes growing pains which we all know is a normal part of business.   Don’t jump to any blind conclusions…when it comes to marketing, site selection and territory mapping, knowing what applications to use and how can […]

Where are Americans Moving?

This is a very interesting map from and Jon Bruner showing the migration patterns in several major US Counties.  The data is 2008 but still very intriguing.  Check out your county, is it growing or shrinking?  Los Angeles appears to be in decline while King County (Seattle Area) is growing.  Dallas appears fairly even […]

New and Established Franchises Benefit from the GeoMetrx Territory Manager

I never thought such a simple, logical feature such as viewing data at a ZIP Code level would be such a tremendous benefit to franchise companies.  That is a recurring theme I hear on a daily basis, “can you help me create territories by zipcodes based on populations segments of 200,000?”  From Junk Removal to […]

A Memorial Day map tribute to the men and women who gave their lives defending our freedom.

This is a very touching map from providing a snapshot into the lives of our service men and women who gave their lives defending our freedom.      

Census 2010 Form Questions – Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!

In case you were wondering what data is compiled by US Census Bureau, take a peek at the form. Click here for the CENSUS 2010 Questionnaire The Census Bureau is touting it as one of the shortest in history with only 10 questions taking no more than 10 minutes to complete. You may think the […]

Census 2000 Mail Participation Rates

Remember back 10 years ago when you received the 2000 Census questionnaire?  Has it been a decade since the turn of the century??  Times sure have changed…Google was just 2 years old and Facebook & Twitter were still years away.  A lot has happened since then, some good, some bad.  But here we are, a […]

The toll of the Great Recession on Major US Cities

I found this interactive map on showing the toll of the Great Recession on major US cities.  The data is a little dated, 2008, but gives you an idea of some areas that have gained wealth and those that have lost wealth.   Newport Beach, CA is leading the way with a with 28.6% of […]

2010 Census. Maybe the most significant decennial update ever.

Is it Ten Years Already? A blog post from about the upcoming Census and some significant changes in store.  To read the article click through to the blog below…

Heat Mapping Federal Spending

This is a bit off subject, but interesting nontheless. Check out this article & heat maps of the Federal Budget on the Atlantic Monthly website.  Although they are not geographic maps, this technique (now commonly used to show stock market valuation changes by industry segment or company) is a great way of visualizing this data to […]

CopyCat Site Location Research

Site location research is a funny thing.  In an age where many retailers are online most have a combination of internet stores and the traditional brick and mortar.  Brick and mortar still has the advantage, for now, so finding the best site can be a multi-million dollar decision.  So why not spend a few bucks […]

Focus on: Site Selection

Focus on: Site Selection By Katherine Field – ( February 1, 2010 ) As store expansion slows, retail site selection activities have decelerated in kind. To keep sales from stalling, most real estate departments have turned their attentions to optimizing the sites they have. Chain Store Age talked with four retail real estate experts […]

Animated Unemployment Trend Map

Take a look at this animated trend map from Latoya Egwuekwe, a graduate student at American University. It is also available on YouTube here.  CNN did a story on it. Latoya’s map shows how the unemployment rate has changed over the past several years by month, through November 2009. When you get to the map, click […]

Mapping America’s Wealth

This interesting data visualization map shows a state by state distribution of wealth. CLICK TO EXPAND For more information on how Geographic Enterprises can assist with a data visualization project please call us.  888.848.4436

Need Help Drawing a Simple Map?…now Bing will draw it for you!

Bing Maps has been making some big changes recently and I think this is one of the best yet for the casual user.  Having a party and need to add directions to your pad?  Want to add a stylistic map element to your site?  Bing Maps will now draw it for you.  Click here to […]

Forecasters See Return to Stability, Not a Resurgence for Retail Real Estate in 2010

Interesting article yesterday by Sasha M Pardy on the CoStar site… Link: Based on the flurry of reports from a wide range of industry observers, there appears to be growing consensus that the worst may be over for the U.S. economy and that, with consumer spending returning to positive, a retail real estate recovery […]

Google Earth Integration with GeoMetrx

Ever wish your Demographic Data and Mapping service would integrate with Google Earth?  You spend time analyzing data, creating maps, uploading data (you can upload custom data with GeoMetrx) and then you do it all over again in Google Earth.  Stop the madness!  Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just click a button?  You […]

GeoMetrx Makes Building Territories Easy!

Did you know that you can cut the entire United States into ZIP Based Territories of Populations of 250,000 in only minutes?  This is just one simple example of how powerful the GeoMetrx Territory Manager is. GeoMetrx Territory Manager is a web-based solution for aligning territories to improve the return on sales and service resources. […]

2010 Census Timeline – What to expect in the coming months.

The 2010 Census is underway but did you know the Census Bureau has been working on it since 2008?  The link below will take you to a timeline so you know what to expect in the  coming months. Census 2010 Timeline The final release of the data to the public will likely occur sometime in […]

Is it GIS or GPS?

GIS or GPS?? Whats the difference?  They both have to do with maps right?  Yes, but its not that simple.  This explanation should help. Geographic Information System, GIS Definition:  Geographic Information System or GIS, is a mapping system for capturing, managing, storing and analyzing data and attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. Basically, […]

Free 2010 Area Code Reference Map

Working with our partners at Cartifact, we have put together a Free Area Code Reference Map.  Ever since getting Caller ID more than a decade ago, unknown area codes have always sparked the thought “Who and where is that?”  This map and index answer that question in a quick glance. By the way, if you […]

Announcing the Launch of the Common Ground Blog

Here at Geographic Enterprises, we talk about how geography as literally being the ‘common ground’ for understanding our world, so we thought this would be an appropriate name for our blog.  We are new at blogging, so please bear with us.  We want to make this beneficial to the community. Let us know what you […]