ESOP Map of the U.S.
Instructions, information about the data, and links to other maps are below. We have a full-screen version as well.
How to Use This Map
This map is composed of thousands of map pointers with information on individual ESOP companies. When you first load the page, you will see groups of companies represented as circular clusters, with a number in the center of each circle denoting the number of companies in that region. Click to zoom in and drill down to that region (this in turn may reveal groups of smaller clusters and individual pointers). When you see individual pointers, click a pointer to pop up information about that company if it is not already visible. Click and drag on the surrounding map area if you need to move the popup window.
For purposes of color-coding on this map, companies are divided into industry groups as shown in the set of colored pointers and corresponding labels under the map. To limit the companies to those in one or more industry groups, click a colored pointer or its label (like "Manufacturing"); to restore the original view of all companies, click "Industry" to the left of the pointers and labels. Alternatively, once you have selected one or more groups, you may click the tag that appears for a group to remove it from your view.
You can explore the map by zooming in and out or by using the search box at the upper right of the map. (Selecting a search result will limit the map to that company. To reset the map to its original appearance, click the small circular arrow in the upper left of the map.)
To group the map by other parameters, hover over or click "Industry" in the lower-left portion of the map and select a grouping from the menu that pops up.
About the Data
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) collects information yearly on qualified retirement plans such as ESOPs on Form 5500 and its schedules. The DOL then releases that information, which we compile into our Database of All ESOPs in the U.S. We use this information to generate our ESOP maps. Because some companies may be sensitive about releasing public but obscure data, we omit such information and include only general details.
This is just the most popular of our ESOP maps. The full set of maps is at our ESOPinfo.org site: