September 29, 2009

Gallup: Local perception of Twin Cities remains high in bad times -

From Finance and Commerce:

Although the national economy is still in the tank, that’s not coloring how residents of the Twin Cities and 25 other U.S. cities feel about their communities.

A Gallup study released today called “Soul of the Community” found that the worst economic crisis in decades isn’t a major factor in attracting and retaining residents to their communities.

September 29, 2009

Biloxi residents love their community -

From the Sun Herald:

BILOXI — As bad as the economy has been, it doesn’t have much to do with the way people feel about the places where they live, according to a new study conducted in Biloxi and 25 other U.S. cities. 

Instead, the study commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation revealed that residents put far more value in other things when judging their communities. Chief among them are social offerings, how open or welcoming a community feels, and how eye-appealing it is. 

“While the pain of the recession is deep, other factors far outweigh economics when it comes to determining how emotionally attached people are to their communities,” said Warren Wright, managing partner of the Gallup polling organization. 

Results of “The Soul of the Community Study,” which was launched in 2008, were compiled by Gallup and released Monday by the Knight Foundation. Conclusions were gleaned from 15-minute telephone interviews by Gallup researchers with nearly 14,000 people in 26 cities.

September 29, 2009

Survey finds Grand Strand ties hold fast -

From the Sun News:

Grand Strand residents are extremely concerned about the economy, but it doesn't change how they feel about their community, a study released today shows. 

Unemployment is the top concern, according to The Soul of the Community study by the Knight Foundation and Gallup polling. The project attempts over three consecutive years of surveys to show how attached people are to their communities and what binds them. 

Myrtle Beach area residents are a little less attached to the place than those surveyed last year, but still far more attached than people in the other 25 cities surveyed.

September 29, 2009

Survey: Grand Forks, ND, residents more attached to community -

From Prairie Business:

Grand Forks area-residents have grown more emotionally attached to their community in the past year, a new report from the Knight Foundation found. 

Perceptions about the beauty of the area’s parks, its nightlife, the quality of its elected officials, participation in elections and even that people care about one another all improved. 

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