1982 Census of Retailers

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SIC CodeType of BusinessNumber of EstabsReceipts ($1,000)Annual Payroll ($1,000)1st Quarter Payroll ($1,000)Paid Employees
52Building Materials, Hardware, Garden Supply1281661462308136
53General Merchandise (dept. stores, variety stores)101057491230827481405
54Food Stores871206641430034741874
55, except 554Auto Dealers, Auto Supply Stores114227342481070263
554Gasoline Service Stations45401511803429251
56Apparel & Accessory Stores733900947061100737
57Furniture, Home Furnishings & Equipment623993751961263436
58Eating & Drinking Places257899212371154554145
591Drug & Proprietary Stores29229502859722374
59, except 591Miscellaneous Retail Stores1751061131389433911347
592Liquor Stores27233801550360191
593Used Merchandise Stores20382496028976
NAAll Cambridge Establishments & Operations761614933844871996010968


  1. Estabs refers to establishments.

Source: U. S. Census, Census of Service Industries, 1982.

The figures presented here should not compared to the employment by industry figures generated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The methodology and intended uses of the information differ, making direct comparisons impracticable.

When establishments without a payroll are included, the 1982 Economic Census found a total of 926 retail establishments and operations in Cambridge whose sales totaled $624,071,000. Among the 926 establishments and operations recorded were 249 individual proprietorships and 31 partnerships.

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