Feature Article - June 2011
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends

By Emily Tipping


It is interesting to note the way types of organizations—whether public, private nonprofit or private for-profit—break across different regions. In the southern states, including both the South Atlantic and South Central regions, respondents were more likely to report that they worked for public organizations, with 70.3 percent of South Central respondents and 68.9 percent of South Atlantic respondents indicating that this is the type of organization they work for. This compares with fairly low numbers in the Northeast, where just 55.3 percent of respondents were from public organizations.

At the same time, private nonprofits were more highly represented in the Northeast and Midwest. In the Northeast, 27.6 percent of respondents worked for private nonprofits, while in the Midwest, 24.8 percent were from this type of organization. This compares with just 14.1 percent in the South Atlantic states and 16.3 percent in the West.

In all regions, the response was weighted most heavily toward park and recreation organizations, though some regions were more highly represented by parks and recreation than others. For example, in the South Central states, 29.7 percent of respondents worked for parks and recreation agencies. This compares with the West, where 42.8 percent of respondents were with parks. (See Figure 29.)

Colleges and universities were more heavily represented in the South Central region than others, with 25.1 percent of the response in that region coming from colleges and universities. This region also was more heavily slanted toward schools and school districts, with 11.8 percent of the South Central respondents hailing from these types of organizations.

YMCAs were more highly represented by respondents in the Northeast and Midwest than other regions, with 9.4 percent of Northeast respondents and 8.9 percent of Midwest respondents indicating they worked for YMCAs. This compares with just 2.3 percent of the response from the South Central region.