The primary focus of the American County Review (ACRe) is the aggregation of data from numerous non-subjective sources, and creating from that data a unique ranking system that is not currently available from other vendors.
Each City/Town, County, and School District in the United States is ranked using a proprietary methodology that analyzes census data, crime data, environmental data, personal infrastructure data and climate change data.
Ranking data is updated quarterly - within 30 days of each quarter end. Latest Ranking data is as of: 09/30/2018
Rankings are provided at:
City / Town level vs all other Cities / Towns at the State and Nation level - 41,000 Cities and towns in America
County level vs all other Counties at the State and Nation level - 3,141 Counties in America
School District vs all other School Districts at the State and Nation level - 14,300 School Districts in America
This patent pending ranking provides a metric that can be utilized by various industries with differing objectives:
Municipal Bond Holders, Municipal Bond Issuers, as well as Traders of Municipal Securities – the Municipal Bond market is an expansive market of over $3 trillion in issuance but suffers from a dearth of timely and insightful research. The ranking data of ACRe is a valuable tool for both issuer (by highlighting their ranking), as well as asset owner, in order to review a unique risk profile of assets held, or assets on a short list.
Personal Real Estate – assisting clients determine which county to live in when choosing a particular residential option. Ranking is provided at the county name level, as well as corresponding Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) value.
Commercial Real Estate – assisting investors and developers with where to best allocate funds on a geographic basis throughout the United States.
Index Benchmark firms – providing a unique and insightful data set that can be utilized to build custom fixed income benchmarks that would exceed the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) guidelines.
Ratings Agencies – these firms rely heavily on financial data (budgets, revenue projections of issuers), and the ACRe data will provide them the ability to look at a non-traditional data set to assist in their own review.
Insurance Firms – Insurance and Re-Insurance firms who, as part of their endless need for data, require detailed observations of each county to assist in evaluating risk for insurance and investing activities.
Content for websites – using ACRe Data, creating lists of the top places to live in America will no longer be limited to the top ten (which is subjectively set). Now county rankings can be provided using specific criteria applied to the entire nation, or targeted to state or even region (i.e., the Northeast).
Scores and Rankings are calculated for the following data inputs:
Median Housing Value
Real Estate Taxes
County Debt per Resident
School District Debt per Student
Industry Concentration Risk
Firm Concentration Risk
Air - Climate Change
Water - Climate Change
Coastal - Climate Change
Coal Ash pit /pond
Declarations of Disaster
Flood Risk (100 year flood)
Fracking Well data
Counties at risk (CDC) - HIV/Zika
Safe Drinking Water Violations
% of population with Diabetes
Opioid Prescription Rates
Overdose Mortality Rates
Home Ownership %
Vacant Housing %
Real Estate Taxes
Police per capita
Firefighters per capita
Teachers per student
Dentists per capita
Doctors per capita
To Download the complete methodology for the calculation of American County Review rankingings - please download the PDF file below
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