Cluster: a regional concentration of related industries Cluster A cluster is a regional concentration of related industries that arise out of the various types of linkages or externalities that span across industries in a particular location.
THE ENGINES OF REGIONAL ECONOMIES
- Serve markets in other regions or nations
- Concentrated in regions that afford specific competitive advantages
- Example industries: aircraft manufacturing, management consulting, iron ore mining
THE FOUNDATION OF LOCAL ECONOMIES
- Sell products and services primarily for the local market
- Located in every region
- Example industries: drug stores, physician offices, elementary schools, radio networks
Traded vs. Local Share of the U.S. Economy
These clusters have been defined based on data covering the entire U.S. economy. They will not necessarily align with the cluster names used in certain regions (e.g. clean tech, high tech, advanced manufacturing). The value this project brings is to provide a set of standardized clusters that enable comparisons between any region. By drawing from these clusters, regions can then better understand their own region-specific clusters. Learn more
Dive into U.S. clusters
View national level data for clusters across the economy
based on core indicators such as employment and wages.
Learn about the types of clusters
in the U.S. by browsing the default display. Click on any bubble to go to a specific cluster dashboard.
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