Feature Article - June 2007
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REGIONAL TRENDS

From Cost to Coast, and Everywhere in Between


In the general survey population, 16.7 percent of respondents represented a college or university facility. Regionally, South Central states were far more likely than the average to work for a college or university. More than 23 percent of respondents in this region worked for such a facility. The Midwest and South Atlantic fell close to the national average with 16.8 percent and 16.5 percent of respondents in those regions reporting that they worked for this type of facility. Fewer colleges and universities were found among respondents in the Northeast, where 15.4 percent reported working for this type of facility, and in the West, where just over 11 percent worked for a college or university.

For all regions, 11.2 percent of respondents reported working for a school or school district. Broken down regionally, we can see that far fewer respondents in the South Atlantic states (5.7 percent) and in the Western states (8 percent) said they worked for a school or school district. Nearly 15 percent of respondents from the Midwest said they represented a school or school district.

Nearly one in 10 respondents (9.3 percent) said they worked for a YMCA, YWCA, JCC, health club or sports club. More respondents from the Northeast were likely to report working for this type of facility than the average. In this region, 15.1 percent of respondents said they worked for a YMCA or health club. The respondents in the Western states were least likely to report working for such a facility. Just over 7 percent of respondents in this region work for a YMCA or health club. Nearly 11 percent of those in the South Central states, nearly 10 percent in the Midwest, and 8 percent in the South Atlantic states said they worked for this type of facility.

Camping-related facilities, including campgrounds, private camps, youth camps and RV parks, represented 6.7 percent of the total survey population. Respondents from the Northeast were the most likely to work for a camping-related facility. In this region, 10.4 percent said they worked for such a facility. The fewest camps, campgrounds and RV parks were to be found in the South Central states, where just under 4 percent of respondents reported working for such a facility.

Resorts and resort hotels, which were represented by 2.8 percent of overall respondents, were more likely than average to be found in the South Atlantic or Western states, perhaps coinciding with these states' reputations as resort vacation locations.