Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Regional Trends


n our past two reports, we have attempted to compare how U.S. Census Bureau population projections compare with the data returned in our Industry Report survey, particularly in light of regions of the country that are expected to see accelerated population growth, led by states like Arizona, Texas, Florida and Nevada. This year, we continue our tradition of breaking information down regionally, but must also consider how the economic downturn is impacting various U.S. regions.

While no region of the country—or the world, for that matter—has been completely untouched by the economic downturn, there is no doubt that the recession has had a far greater impact in some areas than others. States whose economies have been fueled largely by those industries that have been more strongly impacted—such as auto manufacturing in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana; housing and construction in Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada; and financial shakedowns in New York and other areas in New England and along the East Coast—may be feeling more pain than others. At the same time, the middle of the country—from Texas northward through the Great Plains—has not been hit quite so hard. But does that play out in terms of how recreation, sports and fitness facilities in those regions are impacted?