The Atlantic City Lab released more thoughts on their State of the City Poll today, detailing a study they completed between July 23 and Aug. 4. Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, the results concluded that Americans – no matter if they live in urban, suburban or rural areas – are not entirely optimistic about their communities. Life is (not) good, apparently.
Suburbanites claimed to be “more satisfied” with overall living than urban or rural residents across the country, but many of the major points of evaluation (happiness with public school systems, the local government and job growth, etc.) were not very optimistic.
Since Syracuse is mostly an urban and suburban area, we’ll focus on those statistics.
The study showed that urbanites were more likely to be happy with the availability of high quality arts and cultural opportunities in their area. We Syracuse dwellers could say that this is progressively becoming more true, I suppose. Urban residents were also more confident in public transportation and don’t necessarily rely on cars to get to work. This could potentially be the case for Syracuse someday. For now, we half-heartedly trust the Connective Corridor – or at least the students do.
Only about one-third of each group said they had “a lot” of confidence in local public schools. Does this match up with us, Syracuse?
Another interesting statistic to note is that 31 percent of urban, 30 percent of suburban and 27 percent of rural residents said the quality of life in their community has improved since they’ve lived there. This means that cities are doing more (well, one percent more) to enliven their way of life. This makes sense, though, since the stereotype says that suburban and rural areas are more comfortable with their current living conditions. Cities, however, are not. They are constantly evolving – a good thing.
About one-in-four urban and suburban residents said job opportunities have improved over the past year. Compare that to one-in-seven in rural communities.
The Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City poll found that each region’s attitude about these subjects crosses over geographic lines. We all essentially feel the same amount of concern for similar obstacles facing our individual communities.
So, united we are in unease. At least we can all feel good about that, right?
But Syracuse, don’t you want to be more than uneasy about your living situation? Shouldn’t we be optimistic? After all, optimism, or the recognition of potential, is what brings about real change.
How optimistic are you about living in Syracuse?
Tweet us on a scale of 1-10. Use the hashtag: #SatisfiedinSyracuse
As you choose your number, think about Syracuse in terms of job growth, affordable housing, the public school system, available opportunities for arts and culture, crime and safety and the importance of community improvement.