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Update your ArcGIS Pro standard geography trade areas before using the Business Analyst 2022 Dataset

07-17-2022 03:01 PM

Update your ArcGIS Pro standard geography trade areas before using the Business Analyst 2022 Dataset

The U.S. 2022 Business Analyst dataset is the first release to use the updated Census 2020 administrative boundaries. These new boundaries have changed significantly at all levels, in all areas of the country, from those in Business Analyst datasets prior to 2022. Geography levels such as Counties or Block Groups, may have gained or lost area, been split into multiple polygons with new IDs, or been removed all together.

It is critical that you update your standard geography trade areas prior to using this dataset. Doing so ensures that the output data, returned from your analysis, represents the current administrative boundaries, which are included in the 2022 dataset.

Business Analyst users of ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap can connect to this dataset now by signing into and selecting United States: Esri 2022


 As illustrated in the image above, the U.S. Esri 2021 dataset continues to be available for selection on This "past year" dataset remains available to provide a transition period to migrate  workflows, trade areas and other geographic data to the significantly changed U.S. Business Analyst 2022 dataset, based on Census 2020 boundaries.

The U.S. Esri 2021 dataset is based on the older Census 2010 boundaries. Therefore, the need to ensure that your standard geography trade areas match the boundaries of the Business Analyst dataset in use, is bi-directional.

You can run the Generate Standard Geography Trade Areas tool, from the Trade Areas toolbox of the Business Analyst toolset in ArcGIS Pro, to re-create your standard geography trade areas. Our recommendation is to add the dataset year that the trade areas are built from, to the Output Feature Class name.



Boundary changes to Census Geography levels only occur once every decade. During this period of transition, it is critical to ensure that standard geography market areas are built with boundaries from the Business Analyst dataset to be used in your analysis.
The risk of inadvertently returning incorrect data, in this context,  is completely mitigated by ensuring the same Business Analyst dataset is used to create standard geography boundaries and conduct analysis.
Please find links to related background information in blogs from Garry Burgess and Helen Thompson, respectively:
Please contact us here with any questions or concerns. We are available to help!
Thank you,
Darren Cook
Product Engineer - ArcGIS Business Analyst
New Contributor

The 2022 data includes the new geographies correct? If I add block groups from the 2022 data it will be the geographies based on the 2020 census.

New Contributor II

Hi HeatherFay,

This is correct. The 2022 U.S. Business Analyst dataset includes the updated (Census 2020) geographies/boundaries. 

Thank you,
Darren Cook

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