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Variable Definitions:
Libraries: The number of libraries in a given area
Source:
Reference U.S.A - U.S. Business Database
Years Available:
2018
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Libraries
The role and use of public libraries is changing as more information becomes available to people through the use of individual technology. Despite these changes, a large majority of Americans still believe that public libraries bring value to their local communities. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, public library use is relatively equally spread across urban, rural, and suburban areas and across races. Women and young people reported higher rates of usage as compared to their male and older counterparts. 
Libraries can also serve as a resource for computers, internet, and job search resources, particularly for low-income communities. People also reported using libraries for health information, learning about community events and resources, and learning new technologies. 

Sources:
Horrigan, John. B. "Chapter 1: Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries." Pew Research Center: Internet & Technology, 15 September 2015. Link
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