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    Cyburbian Brocktoon's avatar
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    Retail and service demand thresholds

    Does anyone have information on what is the general population an area must have in order for the retail and service sectors businesses to sustain their operations?
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    As you know, there are many variables, and threshholds are a very basic estimation. I have put together multiple threshhold spreadsheets based on a variety of factors, such as statewide, rural or micropolitan counties in a multi-state region, etc. You can do it quickly using Economic Census information. You can also calculate averages for sales, employment, etc. You can then mine data for average costs for rent, utilities, labor, cost of goods sold, etc., and apply this to the analysis. You can look at the mix of products sold as a percentage of store sales by type of store... and more. Much more.
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