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11th Annual Jefferson County Survey of the Community Findings Released by Center for Community Studies at JCC

The Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College released the findings of the 11th Annual Jefferson County Survey of the Community at its annual meeting on Thursday, June 17 at Jefferson Community College.

The survey is an inventory of the attitudes and opinions of a representative sample of Jefferson County residents. The primary goal of the survey is to collect data regarding quality of life issues of importance to local citizens.

Working under the supervision of the Center for Community Studies, research staff and statistics students at the College completed 414 telephone interviews on the evenings of April 5–April 7, 2010.

The entire survey (PDF) is available online, including a summary of the results, comparisons to results from the past 10 years, and the survey instrument.

“Typical” Respondents in Year 2010…

  • have completed a high school education and perhaps some college studies. They have lived in a household with an annual income between $25,000 and $75,000.
  • hold mostly middle-of-the-road political views and often identify their race as white (90%). They feel the overall quality of life is staying the same but that the overall state of the economy is getting worse in Jefferson County.
  • overwhelmingly believe that Downtown Watertown is getting better (60%) and that the largest issue facing the nation is Jobs/Economy.
  • have a personal cell phone and have made an online purchase in the past 30 days. They believe that recent Fort Drum growth has had a positive impact on the local quality of life.
  • are most positive about: Downtown Watertown, Shopping Opportunities, and Internet Access.
  • are most negative about: Cost of Energy, Availability of Good Jobs, the Overall State of the Local Economy, and Real Estate Taxes.
  • feel that Jefferson County is a safe place to live (93%) and a good place to grow old (76%).

For more information please contact Richard R. LeClerc, Director of the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College, at 315-786-2488.