ERIC Number: ED096079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Through Our Eyes; Vol. 5: Rural-Urban Problems in North Carolina. Miscellaneous Extension Publication No. 113.
Christenson, James A.
Planning is essential if future events are to be controlled and desired change brought about. Decision making, like planning, must be based on facts. A direct relationship exists between good decision making and the use of factual information. One of the most crucial areas where information is lacking concerns the opinions of local citizens. This bulletin determines priorities based on North Carolinians' perceptions of problems in their communities. Different community types are defined by size, density, and characteristics of the people. Information was gathered through a Statewide survey conducted during April and May 1973. Questionnaires were mailed to 4,470 household heads; 3,115 were returned for a 70 percent response rate. The 39 items identified were grouped through factor analysis into 13 common areas of concern. Results showed that North Carolinians see the cost of living; the use of illegal drugs; and the availability of recreational and entertainment facilities, medical facilities, and transportation as major problems in their communities. The use of illegal drugs, pollution, race relations, and transportation were considered more serious in urban areas; medical facilities, recreation, employment opportunities, and industrial development were more serious in rural areas. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Agricultural Extension Service, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina