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Rochester, Minn., home to the famed Mayo Clinic, had the highest rate of physicians (1,871) per 100,000 people in 2007 of any metro area in the country, according to data from the American Medical Association contained in a publication released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Metro areas that contained well-known “college towns,” such as Ann Arbor, Mich.; Charlottesville, Va.; Durham, N.C.; and Iowa City, Iowa, also had high rates.
The prevalence of physicians is among the 1,600 data items found in the 2010 edition of the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book. Published periodically since 1979, this reference tool serves as a statistical guide to the social, economic, political and demographic structure of the United States.
The data, provided at the national, state, metropolitan, micropolitan and county levels, come from nonprofit organizations, private businesses and government statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau. Broad topics covered include births, health care, education, elections, crime, employment, housing, immigration, language, income and poverty, retail sales, science and engineering, social services, tourism, manufactures, marriages and divorces, natural resources, business establishments, agriculture, energy, traffic fatalities, transportation and commuting, communications, construction, finance and elections.
The data tables also are available in Microsoft Excel and PDF format on the Web at <http://www.census.gov/compendia/databooks/>. These tables, which include historical data, will be updated periodically.
Commute to Work
New York and Washington had the most arduous commutes to work of any metro areas, with an average travel time of 34 and 33 minutes, respectively. At the other end of the spectrum, commuters in Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn., spent 14 minutes a day getting to work.
In 2006, there were 31 police officers per 10,000 people in the United States. Among states, New York had the highest ratio, with 47 police officers per 10,000 people (the District of Columbia had 75) and West Virginia and Minnesota had the lowest, both with a ratio of 21 officers to 10,000 people.
In 2008, 17.8 million workers, or 13.7 percent, were covered by a union. New York had the highest coverage at 26.6 percent and Georgia the lowest at 4.6 percent.
The 2010 State and Metropolitan Area Data Book may be obtained by calling the U.S. Government Printing Office at 202-512-1800 (ISBN No. 9780160841897, $54 for the soft cover edition <http://bookstore.gpo.gov/>).
Copies are also available by calling the National Technical Information Service at 800-363-2068 or 703-605-6060 (<http://www.ntis.gov/products/statabs.aspx>).