: Area Resource File
Resource File (ARF)
is a health resource information system that enables policymakers,
researchers, planners and others to analyze the current state of
health care access at the county level. The ARF database contains
more than 7,000 variables for each county in the U.S., including
geographic codes and classifications; health professions supply
and detailed demographics; health facility numbers and types; hospital
utilization; population characteristics and economic data; environment;
and health professions training resources.
comprises data collected from more than 50 sources and is the result
of processing millions of micro data records including detailed
mortality and natality records from the National Center for Health
Statistics, physician specialty data from the American Medical Association,
and facilities data from the American Hospital Association.
Additional data is regularly incorporated
into the ARF database, which is updated and issued
annually. ARF may be purchased on CD-ROM, magnetic
tape or 3480 cartridge. Find out more about ARF
and/or order custom reports, files and maps.