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Feature Article - June 2018

Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


Construction Plans

Respondents from the South Atlantic region were the most likely to report that they had plans for construction. Some 78 percent of South Atlantic respondents said they had such plans, up from 73 percent in 2017. They were followed by those in the West, where 72.3 percent have construction plans (up from 67 percent); and the South Central region, where 71.1 percent have construction plans (up from 69.8 percent). Less than two-thirds of respondents in the Midwest (66.1 percent, up from 65.6 percent) and Northeast (64.7 percent, down from 69 percent) have construction plans. (See Figure 34.)


As in 2017, respondents in the South are the most likely to be planning to build new, with 36.3 percent of South Atlantic respondents and 32.1 percent of South Central respondents reporting they are planning new construction. They were followed by the West (27.4 percent). Less than one-quarter of respondents in the Midwest (24.8 percent) and Northeast (24.4 percent) said they were planning new construction.

Plans for additions to existing facilities are most prevalent among respondents in the West, where 31.8 percent said they would be making additions to existing facilities. They were followed by the Northeast (30.7 percent) and the South Central region (30.5 percent). Respondents in the Midwest and South Atlantic are the least likely to be planning additions, though more than a quarter of respondents in each region (27.3 percent in the Midwest and 28.2 percent in the South Atlantic) said they will do so.

Renovations to existing facilities are most commonly planned by South Atlantic and Western respondents, where 57.9 percent and 53.6 percent of respondents, respectively, said they will be renovating their existing facilities. They were followed by the Midwest (49.7 percent) and South Central (48.4 percent). Respondents in the Northeast are the least likely to be planning renovations, with 47.3 percent reporting they have such plans.

Respondents in the West plan to spend the most on their construction plans, with an average cost of $4,890,000, 14 percent higher than the average for all respondents ($4,290,000). They were followed by the South Atlantic, at $4,580,000, 6.8 percent more than the average for all respondents, and the Midwest, at $4,360,000, 1.6 percent higher. Respondents in the Northeast and South Central plan to spend less than the average for all respondents, with those in the Northeast indicating they have a construction budget of $3,900,000 (9.1 percent lower than the all-respondents average), and those in the South Central region reporting a budget of $3,070,000, 28.4 percent less.

Respondents from the South Atlantic region, the Midwest and the West all reported increases in their budgeted construction amount between 2017 and 2018. The greatest increase was seen in the South Atlantic, where construction budgets rose 16.3 percent. That region was followed by the Midwest, with an 8.9 percent increase, and the West, at 3.4 percent. Northeastern respondents reported a 6.6 percent decrease to their construction budgets. The greatest decrease was seen in the South Central region, at 35.9 percent, though interestingly, South Central construction budgets have been rather volatile over the past four years. (See Figure 35.)


The types of amenities included as part of recreation, sports and fitness facilities sometimes vary depending on which region you find yourself in. Many of these differences can be explained by the prevailing climate of each region (further north, you'll be more likely to find ice rinks, while in the south, shade is more of a necessity). Other times, features first arise in one region and then spread from there, such as skateparks and dog parks, which first became prominent in the West.

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