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A new County Benchmarking Engine can show you where yours falls with respect to 104 data attributes in areas like public safety and economic development.
How does your county stack up against the other 3,143 in the U.S. when it comes to per-capita income? What about domestic water use? Or degreed residents?
If such questions have ever nagged at you, you’ll be happy to know there’s now an artificial intelligence-based County Benchmarking Engine able to answer them empirically.
Launched last week by Pittsburgh-based tech company OnlyBoth Inc., the engine can be used to identify county strengths, weaknesses and trends across 104 data attributes on everything from policing to immigration and housing to health. Writes OnlyBoth CEO Raul Valdes-Perez:
Many of the data attributes involve changes over time, so the engine benchmarks not only on characteristics during a single time period, but on changes or trends from one period to a next. Elsewhere we’ve called that space-time benchmarking.
For instance, the engine shows Fairfax County, Virginia, saw a four-year decrease in the prevalence of obesity, down 1.4 percent, and diabetes, down 0.4 percent, among men and women.
San Francisco County has a low incidence of obesity compared to other counties, in addition to the third-largest Asian population, high employment, a large foreign-born population, and high incomes. “But residents pay for it with the highest median rents in the whole country, for a 0-bedroom (studio/efficiency) unit ($2,072), a 1-bedroom unit ($2,610), and a 3-bedroom unit ($4,250),” Valdes-Perez writes.
With updated data come updata data insights, which you can begin making here.
Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington D.C.