Feature Article - June 2008
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REGIONAL TRENDS

Here, There and Everywhere


Respondents from the South Atlantic states were the most likely to report that the number of people using their facilities had increased from 2006 to 2007, with nearly half (49.8 percent) indicating such a change, and 35.2 percent saying they had seen increases of 10 percent or greater. They were also the most likely to be expecting increases through 2009, with 55 percent projecting that they would see growth in the number of people using their facilities between 2008 and 2009, and 37.2 percent predicting increases of 10 percent or more.

They were followed, at least from 2006 to 2007, by respondents from the West, 45.6 percent of whom said they had seen growth in the number of people using their facilities, though another 7.8 percent of respondents in this region said they had seen a drop in participation numbers. Respondents from the West were much less likely to be expecting increases by 2009, when just under 40 percent said they were expecting to see an increase and 2.2 percent were expecting a decrease.

Respondents in the South Central region were the most likely to report a decrease in the number of people using their facility from 2006 to 2007, with 7.9 percent saying they had seen decreases. That said, another 41.2 percent said their participation numbers had grown in this time period, and they were optimistic about future growth as well, with 45.1 percent projecting a jump in the number of participants from 2008 to 2009.

In line with Census trends mentioned previously, respondents from the Midwest and West were less likely to report increases in the number of people using their facilities. In the Midwest, 40.9 percent of respondents said they had seen an increase from 2006 to 2007, and 7.7 percent said the numbers had gone down, with 4.1 percent having seen a drop of 10 percent or more. Just 36.7 percent of respondents in the Northeast said their participation numbers had gone up from 2006 to 2007, while 5.4 percent said their numbers had gone down. Respondents from these two regions were also more likely to project their numbers to hold steady through 2009, with 63 percent of those from the Northeast and 58.9 percent of those from the Midwest anticipating that the number of people using their facilities would not change from 2008 to 2009. Just 40.3 percent of Midwestern respondents and 35.6 percent of Northeastern respondents expect an increase in that time period.

Respondents in the West were the most likely to report that their revenues had increased from 2006 to 2007. Nearly 43 percent from this region said their revenues had gone up in that time period, with 20.2 percent reporting increases of 10 percent or more. Another 10.1 percent said their revenues had dropped in that time period, with 6.3 percent reporting decreases of 10 percent or more.

Respondents from the South Central states were the least likely to report increases in revenues from 2006 to 2007: Just over 30 percent said their revenues had gone up in that time period, and two-thirds (66.2 percent) said their revenues had remained unchanged. Respondents in this region were also the least likely to project increases in revenue in the next few years, with just 37.8 percent anticipating a jump in their revenues from 2008 to 2009.