The meter is a graphic which visually compares service area performance for a given indicator to the indicator’s benchmark value. The meter also compares service area performance to the US average, when available. In the graphic, the needle represents the service area value, and is colored red or green depending on performance relative to the indicator benchmark. The gold arc within the meter always represents the benchmark value, which is either a state average or a Health People 2020 objective. When data is available, the total US average is also displayed as an arc in the meter. The US average is always color-coded in blue.