Feature Article - June 2011
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends

By Emily Tipping


Usage & Budgets

Respondents in the Midwest and South Atlantic regions were the most likely to report that the number of people using their facilities had increased from 2009 to 2010. (See Figure 30.)

The number for the South Atlantic states falls near the number projected by last year's respondents from this region. Last year, 52.8 percent of South Atlantic respondents projected that usage would grow from 2009 to 2010, and 53.2 percent of this year's respondents from that region indicated it had. In the Midwest, on the other hand, only 49.1 percent of respondents last year expected usage to increase, and this year, 53.2 percent reported that usage had risen. This is in contrast to the South Central region, where 55.2 percent of respondents last year expected an increase, and 49.4 percent reported such an increase in this year's survey.

For more regions, more than half of respondents are anticipating to see further growth in usage in 2011. The exception is the Northeast, where slightly less than half (49.7 percent) are projecting an increase.

Respondents from the South Central region were most likely to be anticipating an increase in both 2011 and 2012. Some 57.1 percent of respondents in this region expect to see increasing usage in 2011, and 58.4 percent expect an increase in 2012. They were followed by respondents from the West for 2011, when 54.7 percent expect an increase, and respondents from the South Atlantic in 2012, when 58.2 percent expect to see an increase.