Now would be a great time for an evolutionary leap and cooperatives offer a clear path to it. Although the Census Bureau has not kept separate statistics, the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, funded by a $500 million research grant, studied the sector in 2009 and found startling conclusions as reported in the Executive Summary, The Economic Impact of Cooperatives.
Nearly 30,000 U.S. cooperatives operate at 73,000 places of business throughout the U.S. These cooperatives own >$3T in assets, and generate >$500B in revenue and >$25B in wages. Extrapolating from the sample to the entire population, the study estimates that cooperatives account for nearly $654B in revenue, >2M jobs, $75B in wages and benefits paid, and a total of $133.5B in value-added income.
Americans hold 350M memberships in cooperatives, which generate nearly $79B in total impact from patronage refunds and dividends. Nearly 340M of these memberships are in consumer cooperatives.