Feature Article - June 2007
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REGIONAL TRENDS

From Cost to Coast, and Everywhere in Between


Regionally, the numbers are most telling when we consider the increases-or decreases-in patronage, revenues and budgets.

The greatest increases in facility usage are expected in the South Atlantic states, where 71 percent of respondents saw an increase in the number of people using their facilities from 2005 to 2006. By 2007 to 2008, nearly three-quarters of respondents in this region are expecting increases in usage. South Central states were the second most likely to report increases, with 64.7 percent reporting an increase from 2005 to 2006, nearly 71 percent predicting an increase from 2006 to 2007, and more than 73 percent predicting an increase from 2007 to 2008.

The Western states were less likely to see increases in the number of people using their facilities from 2005 to 2006. However, more than 71 percent of the respondents in this region predicted an increase from 2007 to 2008.

The smallest increases-and the greatest decreases-were seen in the Midwest from 2005 to 2006. Here, just over 60 percent of respondents saw an increase in the number of people using their facilities last year, while more than 8 percent said usage decreased. (See Figure 28.)


Revenue increases for facilities across the board were on a similar track, the Western and South Atlantic states most likely to report an increase from 2005 to 2006. In these regions, 61.7 percent and 61.5 percent of respondents reported increases. Revenue increases were least likely to be reported in the South Central states and in the Midwest, where 45 percent and 48.8 percent of respondents reported increases, respectively.

However, it's in the years 2006 to 2007 and 2007 to 2008 that the South Atlantic states really take off in terms of revenue. Nearly 70 percent of respondents in that region said they expected an increase in revenues from 2006 to 2007, and 71 percent said they expected such increases from 2007 to 2008.

Midwestern respondents were the least likely to be expecting revenue increases between 2006 and 2008. Just over half predicted increases from 2006 to 2007, and just over 61 percent reported increases from 2007 to 2008.