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Liquor Store Density

This indicator shows the number of liquor stores per 100,000 population. A liquor store is defined as a business that primarily sells packaged alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and spirits.

Liquor Store Density

10.6
17.6
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

13.3

stores/100,000 population
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Sonoma

Categories: Environment / Built Environment, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 2,303 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2014
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Why is this important?

Studies have shown that neighborhoods with a high density of alcohol outlets are associated with higher rates of violence, regardless of other community characteristics such as poverty and age of residents. High alcohol outlet density has been shown to be related to increased rates of drinking and driving, motor vehicle-related pedestrian injuries, and child abuse and neglect. In addition, liquor stores frequently sell food and other goods that are unhealthy and expensive. Setting rules that mandate minimum distances between alcohol outlets, limiting the number of new licenses in areas that already have a high number of outlets, and closing down outlets that repeatedly violate liquor laws can all help control and reduce liquor store density.

Liquor Store Density : Time Series

2007: 11.8 2008: 12.0 2009: 12.5 2010: 12.8 2011: 13.3 2012: 13.3

stores/100,000 population

Liquor Store Density

Comparison: Prior Value 

13.3

stores/100,000 population
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Sonoma

Categories: Environment / Built Environment, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2014

Why is this important?

Studies have shown that neighborhoods with a high density of alcohol outlets are associated with higher rates of violence, regardless of other community characteristics such as poverty and age of residents. High alcohol outlet density has been shown to be related to increased rates of drinking and driving, motor vehicle-related pedestrian injuries, and child abuse and neglect. In addition, liquor stores frequently sell food and other goods that are unhealthy and expensive. Setting rules that mandate minimum distances between alcohol outlets, limiting the number of new licenses in areas that already have a high number of outlets, and closing down outlets that repeatedly violate liquor laws can all help control and reduce liquor store density.

Liquor Store Density : Time Series

2007: 11.8 2008: 12.0 2009: 12.5 2010: 12.8 2011: 13.3 2012: 13.3

stores/100,000 population

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