Georgia House Rural Development Council

The indicators in the presentation below were chosen based on a review of the literature, input from experts at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and feedback from the Georgia House of Representatives' Budget and Research Office, who originally requested a limited number of indicators for statewide comparison and to benchmark progress in rural development at the county level. Together these indicators can be used to benchmark and measure progress in economic development.

Median Household Income

This indicator captures the midpoint of household income for a county; 50 percent of households have an income higher and 50 percent of households have an income lower.

Labor Force Participation

This indicator captures the section of the population aged 16 and older who participate in the workforce - employed or seeking employment.

Entrepreneurial Breadth and Depth

These indicators are measures of entrepreneurial activity.

Educational Attainment

This indicator describes the highest level of education individuals have completed.

3rd Grade Language Arts Proficiency

Language arts proficiency is a proxy for reading ability. Studies have shown students who have not learned to read by third grade graduate high school and attend college at lower levels than their peers.

Value of 1 Mill

This indicator is equal to the revenue raised from each additional mill levied by a county or county school district.

County Health Rankings

These indicators rank Georgia counties, best to worst, 1 to 159, on health outcomes and factors.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Per 10,000 People

This is a quality of life indicator equal to the number of establishments that fall under NAICS code 71 per 10,000 people.