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September 29, 2009

What binds people to our community - News-Sentinel.com

From the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:

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.

September 29, 2009

Community survey shows South Bay residents more upbeat this year - MercuryNews.com

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Despite the widespread pain caused by the economic downturn, Santa Clara County residents generally remain positive about their local parks, the quality of education here and the openness with which immigrants and members of minority groups are treated, according to a Gallup survey being made public today. 

The Soul of the Community survey — the second year in a three-year study financed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation — also found the 400 people interviewed by phone this year were more upbeat about some things than last year's survey respondents. 

Based upon a scoring system Gallup devised for comparing this year's responses with last year's, Santa Clara County scored higher this time in the perceived extent of civic involvement by residents, the availability of basic services — especially affordable housing — and the community's general well-being.

September 29, 2009

Study Looks At Why People Love Where They Live - WSJ.com

From the Wall Street Journal:

People like where they live for any number of reasons, but there are several stand-out qualities that ignite residents' passion for their communities - and how the area is dealing with the recession isn't one of them, according to a report released Tuesday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. 

September 29, 2009

Wichitans' love for Wichita wanes - Wichita.com

From the Wichita Eagle:

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. 

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