Why do Consumption Profile outputs differ between Canada and USA?

ENVISION USA Workspaces currently do not have a tool that supports Claritas Consumption Profiles. These variables are deployed as coefficient-based instead of area-based variables (as done in ENVISION Canada Workspaces). Therefore, the proper base cannot be assigned. All calculations for Consumption Profiles in Ranking Areas reports or Ranking Variables reports are based to households and not the incidence profile.

For example, the Average Checking Account balance should be based to the number of households with a checking account but instead is based to all households. The resulting values such as the percent composition and Index are useful as relative measures.

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