The average available internet speed is measured as the average of the maximum advertised commercial internet speeds available to households in each census block in the County. The data on commercial internet availability come from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which requires internet providers to report advertised speeds delivered within each census block in the U.S. Where multiple providers offer service, the highest speed was used to calculate the average for all census blocks, using the number of households in the block as a weighting factor.
Average Medicare reimbursements are used here to estimate health care spending per person in Fulton County. While Medicare reimbursements do not capture spending by everyone receiving health care, it does serve as a useful means of comparing spending between different parts of the U.S. The data used for this measure come from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which calculates average reimbursements per person for U.S. counties using Medicare claims from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Average rates of spending are adjusted for regional differences in prices and for the age, sex and race of the underlying Medicare population.