A Gallup study of the Fort Wayne area - Allen, Wells and Whitley counties - found three main factors that bind area residents to this community. That study, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, says the most important factors are social offerings (fun places to gather), openness (how welcoming a place is) and aesthetics (an area's physical beauty and green spaces).
The study surveyed more than 13,000 people in 26 U.S. communities. In this area, more than 400 people were surveyed in February, March and April. Surveys were conducted by phone, but cell numbers were included in the pool of potential survey subjects, Knight Foundation officials said.
Wichita residents are feeling less positive about the community than a year ago, according to new study results.
The second year of the three-year Gallup/Knight Foundation "Soul Of the Community" survey shows our sense of passion and loyalty to the community has slumped.
Nine out of 10 residents think it's a bad time to get a job in the Twin Cities, and crime and violence are viewed as the area's most pressing problem.
But it's not a good economy or safe streets that are the top factors in determining how emotionally attached metro-area residents are to the Twin Cities.
It's the area's beauty and green spaces, its education system, how welcome and open the community is to different types of people, and its entertainment venues and places to meet.
Those are the findings released Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community study on what makes people glad to be living in their home towns.
Out today is a first-of-its-kind "Soul of the Community Study," which looks at the things "that emotionally bond residents to where they live," and how they relate to the community's economic activity. Topping the list, according to the study of residents in 26 cities nationwide, are "social offerings" (entertainment venues, places to meet), an atmosphere of welcoming and openness, and aesthetics, including green space.