ARF=Area Resource File
2009-2010 ARF Can Now Be Downloaded at No Cost.
The 2009-2010 ARF data files and documentation can now be downloaded. Click the link below to learn how to download ARF documentation and data.
“The basic county-specific Area Resource File (ARF) is the nucleus of the overall ARF System. It is a database containing more than 6,000 variables for each of the nation’s counties. ARF contains information on health facilities, health professions, measures of resource scarcity, health status, economic activity, health training programs, and socioeconomic and environmental characteristics. In addition, the basic file contains geographic codes and descriptors which enable it to be linked to many other files and to aggregate counties into various geographic groupings.”
“You may also choose to search the ARF to see what data variables are available in the current file.”
The table of contents below gives a sense of the county level information included.I. DATA ELEMENT DESCRIPTIONS AND REFERENCES. 1 A. CODES AND CLASSIFICATIONS. 1 A-1) Header for ARF. 1 A-2) State and County Codes. 1 A-3) Census County Group Codes. 7 A-4) County Typology Codes. 7 A-5) Metropolitan/Micropolitan and Combined Statistical Areas. 10 A-6) Rural/Urban Continuum Codes. 11 A-7) Urban Influence Codes. 13 A-8) BEA Economic Area Codes and Names and Component Economic 14 Area Codes and Names. A-9) Federal Region Code and Census Region and Division Codes and Names. 14 A-10) Veterans Administration Codes. 16 A-11) Contiguous Counties. 17 A-12) Health Service Area Codes. 18 A-13) Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Codes and Names. 18 A-14) HPSA Codes. 19 A-15) SSA Beneficiary State and County Codes. 21 B. HEALTH PROFESSIONS. 22 B-1) Physicians. 22 B-2) Dentists and Dental Hygienists. 31 B-3) Optometrists. 36 B-4) Pharmacists. 37 B-5) Podiatrists. 38 B-6) Veterinarians. 39 B-7) Nurses. 40 B-8) Physician Assistants. 43 B-9) Chiropractors. 45 B-10) Occupational Therapists. 46 B-11) Physical Therapists. 46 B-12) Psychology and Social Work Teachers. 47 B-13) Psychologists. 47 B-14) Sociologists. 48 B-15) Social Workers. 48 B-16) Audiologists 49 B-17) Speech Language Pathologists 49 B-18) Healthcare Practitioner Professionals. 50 B-19) Decennial Census Occupation Data. 50 C. HEALTH FACILITIES. 53 C-1) Hospital Type. 54 C-2) Hospital Services (or Facilities) 57 C-3) Hospital Employment 57 C-4) Nursing and Other Health Facilities. 58 C-5) Health Maintenance Organizations. 60 C-6) Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) 61 D. UTILIZATION.. 61 D-1) Utilization Rate. 62 D-2) Inpatient Days. 62 D-3) Outpatient Visits. 62 D-4) Surgical Operations and Operating Rooms. 62 E. EXPENDITURES. 63 E-1) Hospital Expenditures. 63 E-2) Medicare Advantage Adjusted Average Per Capita Cost (AAPCC) 63 F. POPULATION.. 68 F-1) Population Estimates. 68 F-2) Population Counts and Number of Families and Households. 72 F-3) Population Percents. 82 F-4) Labor Force. 84 F-5) Per Capita Incomes. 86 F-6) Income. 88 F-7) Persons and Families Below Poverty Level 90 F-8) Ratio of Income to Poverty Level 92 F-9) Median Family Income. 93 F-10) Household Income. 93 F-11) Medicaid Eligibles. 97 F-12) Medicare Enrollment Data. 99 F-13) Medicare Advantage/Managed Care Penetration. 100 F-14) Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) Penetration. 103 F-15) Health Insurance Estimates. 103 F-16) Food Stamp/SNAP Recipient Estimates. 104 F-17) Social Security Program.. 104 F-18) Supplemental Security Income Program Recipients. 105 F-19) 5‑Year Infant Mortality Rates. 107 F-20) Infant Mortality Data. 108 F-21) Mortality Data. 108 F-22) Total Deaths. 111 F-23) Natality Data. 111 F-24) Births in Hospitals. 113 F-25) Total Births. 113 F-26) Education. 114 F-27) Census Housing Data. 114 F-28) Veteran Population. 117 G. ENVIRONMENT.. 119 G-1) Land Area and Density. 119 G-2) Population Per Square Mile. 119 G-3) Elevation. 119