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November 16, 2010

'Americans Like Their Communities Because of Schools, but Don't Necessarily Like Schools'

 From EducationWeek, Nov. 16, 2010: 

Americans like where they live for a number of reasons, including their local schools, even though this doesn't necessarily translate into either high regard for the schools or a proclivity to become involved in public education.

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"Education tends to be one of the highest rated attachment drivers," according to the report. Social and cultural offerings, "openness" to people of all ages and backgrounds, and aesthetics were the other major reasons why people like where they live. Yet, just 22 percent gave high marks to the quality of local public schools. (The study did not disaggregate findings by whether or not one had children in school.)

September 30, 2009

Smaller U.S. cities generate more loyalty and passion - Gallup.com

From Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new Gallup study of 26 American cities, conducted in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, finds that residents of smaller cities such as Boulder, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are more likely to recommend their city as a place to live than residents of larger cities such as Philadelphia and Detroit. Overall, residents in Bradenton, Florida, were the most likely to recommend their city, while residents in Detroit and Gary, Indiana, were the least likely.

September 30, 2009

The top three things that make people love where they live

Matt Thompson is Knight Foundation's Interim Online Community Manager. He edits the Soul of the Community blog.

Image courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr.
 

Over the past two years, we've asked almost 28,000 people from all over the U.S. how they feel about their communities. Are they satisfied with where they live? Would they recommend it to others? Is it perfect for folks like them? Are they proud to live there?

November 16, 2010

'Americans Like Their Communities Because of Schools, but Don't Necessarily Like Schools'

 From EducationWeek, Nov. 16, 2010: 

Americans like where they live for a number of reasons, including their local schools, even though this doesn't necessarily translate into either high regard for the schools or a proclivity to become involved in public education.

... 

"Education tends to be one of the highest rated attachment drivers," according to the report. Social and cultural offerings, "openness" to people of all ages and backgrounds, and aesthetics were the other major reasons why people like where they live. Yet, just 22 percent gave high marks to the quality of local public schools. (The study did not disaggregate findings by whether or not one had children in school.)

September 30, 2009

Smaller U.S. cities generate more loyalty and passion - Gallup.com

From Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new Gallup study of 26 American cities, conducted in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, finds that residents of smaller cities such as Boulder, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are more likely to recommend their city as a place to live than residents of larger cities such as Philadelphia and Detroit. Overall, residents in Bradenton, Florida, were the most likely to recommend their city, while residents in Detroit and Gary, Indiana, were the least likely.

September 30, 2009

The top three things that make people love where they live

Matt Thompson is Knight Foundation's Interim Online Community Manager. He edits the Soul of the Community blog.

Image courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr.
 

Over the past two years, we've asked almost 28,000 people from all over the U.S. how they feel about their communities. Are they satisfied with where they live? Would they recommend it to others? Is it perfect for folks like them? Are they proud to live there?

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