MANATEE COUNTY - A new study reveals Suncoast residents rank the area's physical beauty and social offerings as some of the top reasons they're attached to the community.
"Soul of the Community" is a three-year study that explores what qualities influence people's loyalty and passion for where they live.
A Gallup study of the Duluth-Superior area and 25 other U.S. communities found that the economic crisis is not a key factor in residents’ loyalty for their community.
“While the pain from 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 for Gallup, which conducted the study with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
First, the good news. A new Gallup/Knight Foundation poll shows Charlotte area residents proud to live here and ready to recommend it to others. It shows residents enraptured by the area's beauty and openness to newcomers.
Still, trouble is evident: Most polled were pessimistic - 53 percent - about the area's outlook for the future. The bleak economy figures into that. Seventy-six percent said the economy is bad, and 68 percent said it is getting worse.
Metro Detroit residents are a little more optimistic about their community this year, but most remain unattached and pessimistic, according to Gallup's annual Soul of the Community study.
Fourteen percent of residents in the Metro Detroit statistical area -- Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties -- said they were attached to the region for 2009, up from 12 percent last year.