Feature Article - June 2008
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A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

Who's Talking?

Respondents to our survey came from a wide range of communities extending across regional boundaries and representing many facility types and methods of operating. In further pages, we will look more specifically at information based on regions, community types and facility types, with a special section considering trends in facilities that include an aquatic component.

As last year, when nearly a third of respondents were from the Midwest, the Midwest was again represented by more respondents than other regions in this year's survey. More than 30 percent of this year's respondents said they were reporting from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Other regions also did not see much change in representation. The second largest group of respondents was from the West, with nearly 20 percent of respondents hailing from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Some 19 percent of respondents are from the South Atlantic states, a slight increase from last year's report, when just 15.7 percent of responses came from this region, which includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

The Northeastern states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, were represented by 17 percent of respondents.

Another 12.1 percent came from the South Central states, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Finally, just under 2 percent of respondents represent international facilities, including military installations and bases located overseas. (See Figure 1.) More specific regional information can be found in Regional Trends.

Respondents also came from a range of communities, from the largest urban metropolis to the back woods, literally. The numbers in this area were virtually unchanged from last year's report. Nearly a quarter of respondents (24.5 percent) said they worked for organizations in urban areas. Another 43.8 percent said they were in suburban areas, and 31.7 percent were reporting from a rural area. (See Figure 2.) More specific information based on whether respondents were reporting from urban, suburban or rural communities can be found in Community Trends.