The employment rate is the percentage of the labor force that is employed. It is a lagging indicator; that is, following a recession, the employment rate tends not to grow to any significant extent until the remainder of the economy has recovered. This is because of the high risk and expense of creating jobs. The working age ranges from 15 to 64 years old.
Food insecurity is used as a measure of a household’s inability to reliably provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. It is used as an index for the risk of hunger. The food insecurity index is determined annually for each county in the U.S. using a methodology developed by Feeding America based on publicly available demographic and economic data.
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.
The high school education rate is the percentage of county residents 25 years or older who have received a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) certificate. A GED certificate is earned by taking a battery of tests and performing at a level equal to or above 60% of high school seniors.
This measure tracks the percentage of public high school students in Fulton County who scored at or above the level set for students on the track to college and career readiness, measured as the percentage of students achieving a Lexile measure greater than or equal to 1275 on the Georgia Milestones American Literature and Composition End of Course assessment. Students scoring at this level have demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge and skills as specified in Georgia’s content standards and are considered prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
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.
This performance measure tracks the percentage of residents who say they feel safe in their community as estimated through a survey conducted in partnership with the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research in which Fulton County residents were asked "How safe do you feel in your community? Do you feel very safe, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe or very unsafe?" Respondents who answered "very safe" or "somewhat safe" were counted as feeling safe. The first survey was conducted between August and October of 2016 and a second survey was conducted in the fall of 2017. As of February 2018, only the results of 2016 were available and those are the results shown on this page.
This measure tracks the number of juvenile cases that result in a finding of delinquency as a percentage of all at-risk youth (youth between the ages of 11 and 17). Data for all counties in Georgia are complied and reported by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. There is generally a 2 year delay in the reporting of statistics on juvenile delinquency.