New residential buildings permits as measured here represent the number of privately-owned residential units permitted for construction by all permit-issuing jurisdictions in Fulton County per quarter. New residential building permits are compiled and reported monthly by the U.S Census Bureau for many of the nation's counties.
This measure tracks the number of homeless persons in Fulton County per 100,000 residents. The numbers are based on Point-in-Time (PIT) counts provided to HUD by Continuum of Care (CoC) across the U.S. in the application for Homeless Assistance Programs. The PIT Count provides a count of sheltered and un-sheltered homeless persons on a single night during the last ten days in January. The counts reported here for Fulton County represent the combined numbers reported by the Atlanta and Fulton County CoCs.
Suicide refers to death from self-inflicted harm. The figures presented on this page are derived the CDC's Underlying Cause of Death data which contain county-level national mortality and population data spanning the years 1999-2015. Data are based on death certificates for U.S. residents.
Funding for the arts and cultural programs in Fulton County at the local level comes mainly through the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Both agencies use their funding in the support and development of artists, arts organizations, arts institutions, public art and cultural programming for residents. This measure tracks the combined expenditures by those two sources.
The college education attainment rate measures the percentage of residents in Fulton County 25 years and older with a bachelor's degree or higher. The rate is broken out further by degree level -- bachelor's, master's, professional and doctorate. The data for this measure comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
This measure tracks the number of residents per primary care physician practicing in Fulton County. A primary care physician as used for this measures includes physicians practicing in the areas of General Family Medicine, General Practice, General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics. Federal primary care physicians are excluded.
This metric tracks the total number of private business establishments in the County. It is pulled from the quarterly updated database from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The data include all privately owned businesses of all industries and all sizes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines an establishment as "[t]he physical location of a certain economic activity—for example, a factory, mine, store, or office."
There are a number of ways to measure how well a community provides its residents with opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Trust for Public Land combines a number of measures such as park acreage per resident, walkable access, and spending to derive a single park score; however, that organization rates large municipalities rather than counties. We have chosen instead to use a single measure for which data is readily available for Fulton County and its national benchmark counties: public parkland acreage per 1,000 residents. While this measure may not capture all factors determining outdoor recreational opportunities, the amount of land set aside as parkland is an important measure of opportunities for healthy outdoor activities.
This measure tracks the annual spending on operations for the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System. The annual figures include expenditures for staff, collection materials, and other operational expenses but exclude capital expenditures, which may be large but vary drastically from year to year.