How to read the motion chart?
The chart below examines the drivers for community attachment (Basic Services, Economy, Safety, Leadership, Education, Aesthetics, Social Offerings, Openness, Social Capital, Civic Involvement).
The vertical axis displays the importance of a driver in predicting overall community attachment. The horizontal axis displays how the community is perceived to be performing in regard to that driver.
The chart space is thus divided into four segments. The upper left is of particular interest. It represents what we call “critical opportunities” for improving community attachment: the drivers found in this quadrant are rated important, but low in performance by citizens. They are, in a way, the low hanging fruits: increasing performance of these drivers will have outsized impact on community attachment, because they are rated important.
Click on a bubble for an explanation about what each driver represents.
Click on the play button to watch the driver values change over the last few years.
A bleak local economy topped Fort Wayne residents’ list of concerns this year, but unhappiness over high unemployment hasn’t necessarily translated to unhappiness with the community, a survey released Tuesday said.
More than 400 area dwellers surveyed this spring by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation found plenty to love about the community and a little to dislike – including how the community treats recent college graduates.
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.
Great schools, affordable health care and safe streets all help create strong communities. But is there something deeper that draws people to a city – that makes them want to put down roots and build a life?