Area resource file (ARF): national county-level health resource information database, 2004 ed.

A database containing more than 6,000 variables for U.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.

Data creator
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration. Bureau of Health Professions. National Center for Health Workforce Analysis.
Quality Resource Systems, Inc.
Date of creation
2004 Mar 3rd
Quality Resource Systems, Inc.
Date of distribution
2005 May 16th
Statistics type
Geographic coverage

United States, counties

Date of collection
2004 Feb
Extent of file
1 data files (3,225 logical records varies) & accompanying documentation

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The following changes apply to the Feb. 2001 and later versions of the ARF:

  • Data are provided for all FIPS codes: 1992 and later data for Virginia and Hawaii no longer have independent city data combined into theor original counties.
  • All Alaska boroughs and census areas are broken out for 1992 and later data.
  • For data added in 2001 and later (indicated as 02/01 and 02/02 for Date On in the technical documentation), records for the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are included where data are available.

Original dissemination medium: CD-ROM. Original CD-ROM may be consulted in person at the Map & Data Library. Printed codebook (2 vols) is also available.

Funding agency
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis.
Access status
Access conditions and restrictions

University of Toronto faculty, students, and staff, for academic research and teaching purposes only.

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