Examining Health Care Infrastructure by ZIP Code

.. small area data providing information on sub-county and sub-city/place geographies are challenging to locate and use — particularly in context of demand for healthcare services and demographic attributes of associated neighborhoods. Develop insights into the healthcare infrastructure by ZIP code using the two related resources reviewed here — 1) individual ZIP code demographic-economic profiles and 2) ZIP code demographic-economic interactive tables. One way to examine the healthcare infrastructure for an area is to view/analyze the number and attributes (employment, earnings) of healthcare establishments by types of business/industry (such as physicians office or hospitals). Data and tools reviewed here provide insights into characteristics and patterns of national scope ZIP code areas — examine your ZIP codes of interest.

Option 1 — ZIP Code Profiles
.. examining the healthcare infrastructure in context of the related demographic-economic situation … the following graphic shows ZIP code 10514 (Westchester County, NY) with a bold red boundary.  Census tracts are shown with black boundaries with tract codes as white labels. See more about ZIP-Tract relationships. Cities/places are shown with blue cross-hatch pattern.

– view created with CV XE GIS software and related GIS project.

The above map graphic is part of a ZIP Code 10514 profile (click link to view complete profile). Section 3.1. of the profile shows the number healthcare establishments in the ZIP Code as partly shown in this graphic:

The portion of the table shows the NAICS/type of business code at left, followed by type of business description and the number of establishments at the right.

Examine other characteristics of this ZIP code profile and in context of others via this related Web section. These profiles update in May 2018.

Option 2 — ZIP Code Health Care Sector comparative analysis
.. examining the healthcare infrastructure for a set of ZIP codes in a state, metro, county or peer group … use the interactive table located here to view/rank/compare health care business establishments by type of business for a selected set of ZIP codes. This table shows a query placed on the table to show the total number of offices of physicians for ZIP codes in the vicinity of ZIP 10514. It shows that there are 14 offices of physicians establishments and 13 have 1-4 employees.

About These and Related ZIP Code Data
Data used to develop the tools/resources described above are based in part on the Census Bureau County Business Patterns program. These establishment data update annually.

ZIP code demographic-economic interactive tables
Use the following tables to examine a wide range of ZIP code demographic-economic conditions:
  • General Demographics
  • Social Characteristics
  • Economic Chacteristics
  • Housing CHaracteristics

Data Analytics Web Sessions
Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

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