Feature Article - June 2012
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


At the same time, respondents in the South Atlantic reported a dramatic increase in operating expenditures from 2010 to 2011—30.9 percent from $1,363,000 to $1,784,000. Smaller increases were seen in the South Central region (an increase of 12.5 percent) and the West (10.3 percent). Respondents in the Northeast, on the other hand, reported a significant drop—12 percent—to their average operating expenditures from 2010 to 2011. (See Figure 31.)

Looking ahead, respondents from the South Atlantic were the most likely to project higher revenues for 2012 and 2013, and at the same time reported the largest percent increase in operating expenditures from 2011 to 2013. Some 45 percent of South Atlantic respondents expect their revenues to rise in 2012, and 46.2 percent also expect an increase in 2013. At the same time, they project their operating expenditures to increase by 6.3 percent.


Respondents from the West were most likely to expect a drop in revenue in 2012, while those in the Midwest were most likely to expect falling revenues in 2013. In 2012, 17.5 percent of Western respondents said they expect their revenues to fall. They were followed by the Midwest, where 16.1 percent of respondents expect a decrease in revenues in 2012. In 2013, those in the Midwest were more likely to expect a decrease in revenues, with 13 percent of respondents projecting a drop. They were followed by the West, where 12.7 percent expect to see a decrease in revenue from 2012 to 2013.

While respondents from the South Atlantic projected the greatest increase in operating expenditures from 2011 to 2013, they were closely followed by those in the South Central and Midwestern regions. South Atlantic respondents reported an increase of 6.3 percent to their operating expenditures, from $1,784,000 in fiscal 2011 to $1,897,000 in fiscal 2013. Those in the South Central region predicted a 6.2 percent increase, from $1,642,000 to $1,744,000; and those in the Midwest projected a 6 percent increase from $1,405,000 to $1,490,000.

From 2011 to 2013, there is a spread of at least 44 percent between the highest operating budgets (in the South Atlantic region) and the lowest operating budgets (in the Northeast). This compares with a 19.4 percent difference between the highest-spending and lowest-spending regions (West and Midwest, respectively) in 2010. The difference grows from 44.2 percent in 2011 to 46.7 percent in 2012, falling again to a 45.9 percent difference between the region with the highest operating budget and that with the lowest budget in 2013.

Outfitting Facilities

Respondents in the South Atlantic and South Central regions were slightly more likely to indicate that they had plans for construction in this year's survey compared with 2011. While 60.1 percent of South Atlantic respondents and 61.4 percent of South Central respondents in 2011 indicated that they were planning construction, in 2012 those numbers jumped to 63.6 percent and 65.3 percent, respectively. These were also the regions where respondents were most likely to have construction plans of any kind.

Respondents from the West and the Midwest were least likely to report that they had plans for construction, though more than half in each region did indicate they had plans of some kind. (See Figure 32.)

Respondents in the South Atlantic and South Central were the most likely to be planning to build new facilities or make additions to their existing facilities, while those in the Northeast and South Atlantic regions were most likely to be planning renovations. More than a quarter of South Atlantic and South Central respondents were planning to build new (29.8 percent and 28.1 percent, respectively) or make additions (27.7 percent and 28.8 percent, respectively). And nearly half of Northeastern (47.9 percent) and South Atlantic (47 percent) respondents were planning to make renovations.