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Young Northeast Ohioans Report Negative Feelings About Region

31 May 2012 No Comment

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, you know, the organization that’s supposed to fix all our problems (I actually mean that literally), recently conducted a study about Northeast Ohioans’ attitudes about the place where they live.

The group is emphasizing the fact that 90+ percent of respondents said they thought it was important for the region to be sustainable. Duh! I bet 90+ percent want the region to be prosperous, too!

Not to give these guys too hard a time, but there were other aspects of the study I found more interesting.

First, check this out:

Northeast Ohioans are generally satisfied with where they live. Except this: “The percent very satisfied increases with age. Only 22% of those 18-24 are very satisfied with Northeast Ohio.”

My only qualm about this is I think it is a biased sample (though not in the scientific sense). These guys surveyed a statistically significant, random sample of the population. The problem is, it’s all folks who live in Northeast Ohio and theirs aren’t the only opinions that matter. I just wonder how people who aren’t from Northeast Ohio — potential residents, ostensibly — would rate it. More interesting even would be how people who used to live here but left would rate it.

Moving on. This seems a little less rosy.

Even worse: “Those least likely to continue living in their current area are 18 to 24 year olds (41% not very or not at all likely) and those who have lived in their current area for 10 years or less (30%).”

And this: “None of the 18 to 24 year olds likely to move said they would stay in Northeast Ohio.”

Those surveyed were about evenly split on whether the region offered opportunities and advantages to keep young people here.

I also really liked this one:

To me, this study is a mandate to address the issues that are concerning young people. I think the way to do that is to adapt to change.

–A.S.