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The Area Resource File (ARF) is a national county-level health resources information darabase
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The Area Resource File is a collection of data from more than 50 sources, including:
  • American Medical Association
  • American Hospital Association
  • US Census Bureau
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • National Center for Health Statistics

The ARF is designed to be used by planners, policymakers, researchers, and others interested in the nation's health care delivery system and factors that may impact health status and health care in the U.S.   

Health Care Professions
Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
Census, Population Data and Environment

Health Care Professions

  • Physicians by detailed specialty and major professional activity, gender
  • Dentists
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Data for other major health professions

Health Professions Training

  • Statistics on Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Optometry and other health professions training schools
  • Schools by County
  • Enrollments
  • Graduate Levels

Health Facilities

  • Services
  • Beds by type
  • Hospital personnel
  • HMO enrollments
  • Nursing facilities
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Hospices
  • Home health agencies

Hospital Utilization

  • Admissions
  • Inpatient days
  • Outpatient visits
  • Emergency room visits
  • Discharges
  • Utilization rates
  • Surgical operations

Hospital Expenditures

  • Expenditures
  • Payroll
  • Medicare enrollments and rates

Population and Economic Data by County

  • Demographics by age, race, sex
  • Employment
  • Income levels
  • Housing statistics
  • Vital statistics
  • Health insurance


  • Population Per Square Mile
  • Land Area

Codes and Classifications

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas
  • ERS typology codes
  • Rural/urban codes
  • Region codes
  • Shortage area designations