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Locus Analytics is an economic research firm developing a new systems model to locate, map, and study the components of an economy.

Locus has spent the last decade developing the Locus Model and pursuing its many applications ranging from economic policy to risk management to workforce and community development.

Inspired by models pioneered in systems sciences, the Locus Model uses function as a common basis to construct a universal framework for representing economic entities across industry, scale, time, and geography.


The Locus Model identifies the core activities, resources, and connections that make up economic systems, bringing a common language to economic analysis.

It is the underlying technology for a new classification system and a new class of information system called Functional Information System (FIS)™. The Locus Model and associated technology is covered by seven patents, with several patents pending.

 In January 2017, Locus launched the first public FIS-based web app:, which features our proprietary functional maps.

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The functional map is a new coordinate-based visualization of economic and geographic data.

Access functional information overlaid on geographical maps through overlays to interactively explore and analyze of the 15+ million public and private companies that comprise the US economy. Visit to see how the functional composition of your state, city, and zip code compares to others around the country.


Why the orange?

The Locus orange represents the simultaneous diversity and uniformity of economic systems. Oranges grow on every continent, and even though any given type of orange will have unique texture, leaf color, size, etc. due to its historical environment, it’s still the same tasty orange with the identifiable orange-like parts. Similarly, economic systems will look different from each other, but they all fulfill common functions and have common parts.