1997 Wholesale Trade

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NAICS CodeType of BusinessNumber of EstablishmentsSales ($1,000)Annual Payroll ($1,000)Paid Employees(1)
42Wholesale Trade14514578621834353696
421Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods878972831076751995
4211Motor Vehicles and Parts and Supplies71243985727
42112Motor Vehicles Parts and Supplies5DDa
4213Lumber and Other Construction2DDa
4214Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies36555705760391219
42141Photographic Equipment2DDc
42142Office Equipment4DDb
42143Computer Equipment and Software23485768671181030
4215Metal and Mineral51016456778206
42151Metal Service Centers51016456778206
4217Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies8DDc
42172Plumbing and Heating Equipment (Hydronics) and Supplies2DDb
4218Machinery Equipment and Supplies13DDc
42183Industrial Machinery Equipment and Supplies810123239677
42185Service Establishment Equipment and Supplies3DDb
4219Miscellaneous Durable Goods5DDc
42191Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies2DDb
42199Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods3DDc
422Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods58560579757601701
4221Paper and Paper Products2DDa
4223Apparel, Piecework and Notions9DDe
4224Grocery and Related Products141238459852238
42244Poultry Products2DDb
42249Other Grocery Products8DDc
4226Chemical and Allied Products624613386991
42269Other Chemical and Allied Products5DDb
4227Petroleum and Petroleum Products1DDb
42271Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals1DDb
4228Beer, Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages1DDc
42282Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages1DDc
4229Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods209915126880677
42292Books, Periodicals and Newspapers108148125518618


  1. Industries with 500 employees or more are shown. Some statistics are withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual companies. If employment is 500 or more, number of establishments is shown and employment size range is indicated by one of the following symbols:
    • a: 0 to 19 employees
    • b: 20 to 99 employees
    • c: 100 to 249 employees
    • e: 250 to 499 employees
    • f: 500 to 999 employees
    • g: 1,000 to 2,499 employees
    • h: 2,500 to 4,999 employees
    • i: 5,000 to 9,999 employees
    • j: 10,000 to 24,999 employees
    • k: 25,000 to 49,999 employees
    • l: 50,000 to 99,999 employees
    • m: 100,000 employees or more
  2. D: Withheld to avoid disclosing information about individual companies. Data is included in broader categories.

Source: U. S. Census, 1997 Economic Census, Wholesale Trade, Geographic Area Series, March 2000.

For full documentation on the 1997 Economic Census, visit the Census Bureau's 1997 Economic Census home page. For more information about this industry sector in Cambridge, visit the report for Massachusetts Accommodation and Food Services. For more information about NAICS, visit the official NAICS web page maintained by the U. S. Census Bureau. For information about the comparability of NAICS and SIC codes, visit the Bridge Between 1997 NAICS and 1987 SIC Classification Systems.

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.

For More Information

For more information about socioeconomic and demographic statistics about Cambridge, please contact Cliff Cook, ccook@cambridgema.gov, Planning Information Manager, at 617/349-4656.