Found this Mike Boland post on the Kelsey Blog 10 days ago, but have been too busy to do anything with it before now.
Mike presents a pair of charts that Yahoo Local’s Atif Rafiq presented at SES Chicago earlier this month, both of which show a steady — you could say substantial — rise in the amount of local search queries. (Both charts use comScore data.)
This first chart above shows a 76% increase in local queries from February 2007 to February 2008. This second chart (below) — which, now that I’ve re-read the post, I’m not sure if it was part of Rafiq’s presentaton or something Mike put together — shows a significant rise in local search queries on a per searcher basis.
It’s good data to see; further proof of the ongoing growth of local search.