Feature Article - June 2015
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


Budgets & Members

When it comes to the number of people using their facilities, respondents in the South Atlantic and the South Central states are the most likely to report increasing usage, year over year, from 2013 through 2016. From 2013 to 2014, 60.5 percent of South Atlantic respondents and 59.7 percent of South Central respondents said usage at their facilities had increased. (See Figure 30.) From 2014 to 2015, 64.4 percent of South Central respondents and 63.8 percent of South Atlantic respondents project increasing usage. And from 2015 to 2016, 67.3 percent of South Atlantic respondents and 65.2 percent of South Central respondents expect the number of people using their facilities to increase.


Respondents from the Northeast and Midwest were the least likely to report increasing usage at their facilities from 2013 to 2016. From 2013 to 2014, around half of respondents in both these regions (50 percent in the Northeast and 51.9 percent in the Midwest) said the number of people using their facilities had grown. From 2014 to 2015, 55.9 percent of Northeastern respondents and 56.2 percent of Midwestern respondents expect an increase in usage. And from 2015 to 2016, 55 percent of Midwestern respondents and 56.1 percent of Northeastern respondents said they expect to see the number of people using their facilities increase.

Just as they were the most likely to be reporting increased usage at their facilities, respondents in the South Atlantic states also reported the highest number of current employees, and also were the most likely to report that they had plans to add more staff in 2015. On average, respondents in the South Atlantic states employ 143.8 people. Some 24.5 percent of respondents in this region indicated that they will be adding staff in 2015.

They were followed in terms of numbers of employees by respondents in the West, who employ an average of 132.3 workers, and respondents in the South Central region, who employ 125.8. These respondents were also more likely to be planning to add staff, with 23 percent of South Central respondents and 20 percent of Western respondents indicating they had plans to do so in 2015.

Respondents in the Midwest were the most likely to report that they had plans to reduce staff in 2015, though only 5.1 percent said they would be doing so. Another 16.8 percent have plans to add staff, and they currently employ an average of 124.1 people.

Respondents in the Northeast have the lowest number of employees, with an average of 108.4. They also were the least likely to report that they had plans to add staff in 2015. Some 15.9 percent of Northeastern respondents said they had plans to add staff, and 2.7 percent said they would be decreasing staff this year.

Respondents from the West were the most likely to report that their revenues had increased from 2013 to 2014, and also were the most likely to expect increasing revenues over the next two years. Nearly half (49.1 percent) of respondents in the West said revenues had increased from 2013 to 2014, while 54 percent expect increases in 2015 and 53 percent expect increases in 2016. They were followed by South Central and South Atlantic respondents. Some 44.4 percent of South Central respondents and 43.1 percent of South Atlantic respondents said revenues had increased from 2013 to 2014. Looking ahead, 52 percent of South Atlantic respondents and 51.4 percent of South Central respondents expect revenues to rise in 2015, and 52.6 percent of South Atlantic respondents and 52.1 percent of South Central respondents expect increases in 2016.

Respondents in the Northeast and Midwest were most likely to report that revenues had fallen in 2014, and also were the most likely to expect revenue decreases in 2015 and 2016. Some 15.2 percent of Northeastern respondents said revenues had fallen from 2013 to 2014, while 13.2 percent of Midwestern respondents saw a decrease in that time period. Looking ahead, 9.2 percent of Midwestern respondents and 8.9 percent of Northeastern respondents expect a decrease in 2015, and 6.2 percent of Northeastern respondents and 6.1 percent of Midwestern respondents expect revenues to drop in 2016.