|This is an advanced version of the original peer
finder tool. It is more powerful than that tool, but it is also more difficult
to use. Thus, this tool may not be a good option for beginning users.
For basic peer finding, users should use the linked rank lists included in the profile. These lists give immediate peers within a state, or for all states, for most data in the USA Counties in Profile. Just click on the hyper linked rank number next to the desired item.
2a. Select Criteria to search on: This dropdown box contains a select group of data variables from the USA Counties in profile. Select a variable to search on and proceed to step 2b.
2b. Search by Peer or Range: First, determine if you want to search by peer or range by clicking on the radio button.
3. Repeat steps 2a and 2b: Repeat these steps until all desired
parameters have been added to the parameter text box. The system will look for
counties that meet all of the selection criteria. To submit this query click on
the 'Run Query' button. All of the entries in this box will be highlighted, and
results will appear in the right frame.
4. Managing the parameter list: If you want to remove an individual item from the list, select the item and click on the 'Delete Selected Item' button. If multiple items are selected, only the first one will be deleted. To delete all items, click on the 'Clear All' button.
Useful tips: Many different criteria may be entered, but if the ranges
are too narrow, no records will be returned. It is recommended that users start
with broad ranges where possible and narrow them gradually to find a desired
number of counties.
Counties used to select peers may not always show up in the results if other selection criteria exclude the peer. Otherwise, the peer will be highlighted on the map and in the table.