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Feature Article - June 2019
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YMCAs

A Look at Trends in YMCAs


In this section, we cover Ys, a category that, for our purposes, includes not only YMCAs, but also similar facilities that are typically nonprofits, such as YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs, among others. Due to their nonprofit operations, these facilities tend to stand apart in unique ways. Respondents from Ys and similar facilities made up 5.2 percent of the survey respondents in 2019.

Y respondents were most likely to be located in the Midwest and South Atlantic states. Some 27.4 percent of Y respondents were in the Midwest, and 24.7 percent were located in the South Atlantic region. Another 20.5 percent were in the Northeast, while 15.1 percent were in the West and 12.3 percent were in the South Central region.

Some 43 percent of Y respondents said they were located in suburban communities. Another 29.2 percent were found in urban areas, and more than a quarter (27.8 percent) were located in rural communities.

On average, Y respondents said they reach a population of 69,090 people. Some 43.8 percent of Y respondents said they serve a population of 20,000 or fewer. Another 32.9 percent reach a population between 20,000 and 99,999. And 23.3 percent of Y respondents said they reach a population of at least 100,000 people.

On average, Y respondents manage 4.2 facilities. They were much more likely than non-Y respondents to report that they manage between one and three facilities. While 82.2 percent of Y respondents said they manage one to three facilities, just 53.9 percent of non-Y respondents manage three or fewer. Conversely, while 20.5 percent of non-Y respondents manage 10 or more facilities, only 5.5 percent of Y respondents have 10 or more facilities to manage.

Y respondents are much more likely than those from most other facility types to report that they form partnerships with other organizations. While 94.5 percent of Y respondents said they have formed such partnerships, 87.5 percent of non-Y respondents have done so. The most common partners for Ys include: local schools (80.8 percent of Ys partner with them); nonprofit organizations (80.8 percent); health care or medical facilities (60.3 percent); local government (58.9 percent); and corporations or local businesses (57.5 percent). (See Figure 54.)

The number of Ys partnering with health care or medical facilities jumped from 51.9 percent in 2018 to 60.3 percent in 2019. Ys were far more likely than other facilities to form partnerships with health care or medical facilities. Among non-Y respondents, just 19 percent partner with health care or medical facilities.

Well over half of Y respondents (56.2 percent) said that they primarily reach an all-ages audience. Another 21.9 percent of Ys said their primary audience is made up of adults, and 17.8 percent primarily reach children. The remainder of respondents are evenly split, primarily reaching seniors (1.4 percent), teens (1.4 percent), and infants and toddlers (1.4 percent).