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Charlotte: The Soul Of The Community

November 23rd, 2009 Listed Under: Living Here, Moving to Charlotte

Charlotte NC

What makes people love  Charlotte? Any given Community? What is it about the place that they love?

These were some of the questions asked in the three year study by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation conducted by Gallup polling in  26 metropolitan areas around the country. Charlotte was fortunate to be included, and here is what they found.

Broadly speaking, almost 28000 people were interviewed in 2008 and 2009  in the 26 city study, there were three primary factors in every city.

Social Offerings– entertainment, places to meet, “what’s going on.” This was across age levels too, not just the young.This was #1 in 21 of 26  cities

Openness- how welcoming the place is

Aesthetics- the physical beauty of the place, often a reflection of its parks, trails and natural areas

Access to quality education was also rated highly- K-12, College or Both

Interestingly, these values were measured both in 2008, then in 2009, and the answers didn’t change much because of the economy. Economics was THE Top concern in 2009… but didn’t seem to determine the emotional attachment to the community. Interestingly, crime is a concern, but didn’t make the list regarding emotional attachment.

Charlotte scored high on Aesthetics, and Social offerings, less so on Openness, and scored high on quality education, with 2009 improving over 2008. Young people- college grads’s and folks over 55 with middle to high incomes were the most attached to Charlotte.

I’m just diving into this study, I’ve always been curious about this, and so to this Foundation.  Why do people love to live in Charlotte? Anywhere? Details are found a The Soul of the Community

They also found a correlation between peoples passion for the community and the economic well-being though now one is sure which way the causal direction arrow points…  Charlotte details here.

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Terry McDonald
I'm the owner/team leader of The McDonald Group at Wilkinson and Associates ERA Powered real estate brokers here in Charlotte NC. A transplanted Washinghtonian, my family and I came from the NYC area in 1993.
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