Feature Article - June 2012
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


The types of facilities most prevalent in specific regions largely follow the trend of organization type. For example, in the West, where public organizations dominate, one is most likely to find parks and recreation organizations. Some 44.2 percent of respondents in the West worked for parks. As with public organizations, the Western states were followed by the South Atlantic, where 44.1 percent of respondents worked for parks organizations. The smallest percentage of parks respondents were found in the South Central region, where just under a third (31 percent) of respondents said they worked in parks and recreation. (See Figure 29.)


Colleges and universities were primarily found among respondents in the Northeast and South Central states, where 24.5 percent and 23.4 percent of respondents, respectively, said they worked for colleges and universities. Those in the West were the least likely to be from colleges and universities, with only 14.4 percent of respondents in that region indicating they worked for such facilities.

Schools and school districts were mainly found among Midwestern respondents, where 16 percent said they worked for schools and school districts. This was contrasted by the South Atlantic respondents, only 5.5 percent of whom work for schools and school districts.

Health clubs were primarily found in the West, where 5 percent of respondents worked for them. They were least common among respondents in the Northeast (only 2.8 percent of whom worked for health clubs) and Midwest (also 2.8 percent).

YMCAs were more commonly found in the Midwest and South Central states. Some 6 percent of Midwestern respondents and 5.8 percent of South Central respondents said they worked for YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys and Girls Clubs. This contrasts with the West, where just 2.9 percent of respondents work for such facilities.

Camps were most common among respondents in the West, where 6.7 percent said they worked for such facilities. They were followed by the Midwest, where 6.5 percent said they worked for camp facilities. Camps were least common in the South Atlantic states, where just 3.2 percent of respondents said they worked for this type of facility.

Finally, community sports and recreation centers were most likely to be found in the West, where 8.4 percent of respondents said they worked for such a facility. Only 4 percent of South Central respondents, by contrast, said they worked for community recreation and sports centers.