Data Dictionary

Lack of access to a vehicle

The number of people who lack access to a car

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Median annual household income

Median annual income per household as determined by the US Census

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Number of veterinary clinics

Total number of veterinary clinics as definied by North American Industry Classification System code 541940, and excluding veterinary laboratory facilities. 

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Number of veterinary hospitals

Number of veterinary hospitals in a county. Veterinary hospitals are identified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 541940. Veterinary laboratories are excluded for the purpose of the Veterinary Care Accessibility Score. 

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People below poverty level

Number of people living below the federally defined poverty line, an income  threshold that varies by the size and age composition of the household.

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People with minority status

Total of the following: “black or African American alone” + “American Indian and Alaska Native alone” + “Asian alone” + “Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone” + “some other race alone” + “two or more races” + “Hispanic or Latino – white alone.”

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Pets per household

The percentage of households having pets as estimated by the AVMA at the state level, multiplied by the number of households in the county as reported by the US Census.

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Speaks English less than well

For all age groups and all languages, the total of all persons over the age of five who speak English "Not well" or "Not at all"

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Total households

Total number of households in the county. 

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Total human population

Total number of people living in the county.

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Total pet population

The estimated total number of companion cats and dogs. Estimated by multiplying the AVMA state-level pets-per-household estimate by the number of households in the county.

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Veterinary care accessibility score

A ranked sum index that incorporates data on income, location, demographics, veterinary employees, veterinary clnics and other variables.  The score is an indicator of the relative accessibility of veterinary care. Scores range from 0 to 100, where 0 indicates that care is relatively inaccessible while 100 indicates that care is very accessible when compared to other locations.

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Veterinary employees per 1,000 households

The aggregate number of veterinary clinic employees as defined by the NAICS code 541940 (excluding veterinary laboratory facility employees) divided by the aggregate number of households, then multiplied by 1,000 at the county level.

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Veterinary employees per 1,000 pets

The aggregate number of veterinary clinic employees as defined by the NAICS code 541940 (excluding veterinary laboratory facility employees) divided by the estimated total number of companion cats and dogs (see Pet Population)

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