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How to a Read Ranking Areas-Variable Report When Using a Percent Change or Average Variable

A Ranking Areas-Variable report is relatively straightforward to interpret unless a percent change variable or average variable is used. We strongly encourage you to use the DATA EXPORT tool to get the values for percent change and average variables to avoid interpretation errors.  

If you run a percent change or average variable in a Ranking Areas-Variable report, the correct column to look at is % Pen

% Pen – This is the field to focus on when running this report using any relative variable (i.e. average or percent variables). For example, this is the column where you will find the “Percent Household Count Change: 2017 – 2022” for each geography. 

The interpretation of other columns is rather complex when using relative variables. You can take a look at the 'How to Read' document here.

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