ERIC Number: ED234967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Rapid Population Growth on Housing, Public Service Needs and Citizen Priorities in a Rural Community. Research Report 366.
Gladhart, Peter Michael; Britten, Patricia
A rural township in one of the fastest growing counties in northern Michigan was selected as a prototype for changes in small rural communities experiencing rapid population growth due to inmigration. In 1973, 180 permanent residents and 58 seasonal homeowners in Hayes Township completed questionnaires covering household composition; family income/employment; patterns of seasonal residence; housing (type, age, size, financing expenditures); home improvement investments; housing conditions of seasonal homes; residential mobility of permanent residents; satisfaction with housing, neighborhood, and community; community contact/participation; and impacts of immigration on attitudes and values of residents. Only 10.5% of permanent residents surveyed were born in the county; they were younger than the rest of the sample, and had more formal education, higher incomes, and a more rural background than the immigrants. Half of the household heads surveyed were of retirement age, requiring a different mix of community services; they found it harder to pay taxes to support needed services. Two-thirds of permanent residents had made major improvements in their homes since purchasing them, much of this by converting seasonal homes to permanent homes. Attitudes and policy preferences of natives, immigrants, and seasonal residents did not suggest that immigration drastically changed the community's value and attitude mix. (MH).
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Attitudes, Community Change, Community Characteristics, Community Services, Community Study, Environmental Education, Expenditures, Housing, Individual Characteristics, Migration Patterns, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Population Growth, Public Service, Residential Patterns, Rural Areas, Rural Environment, Urban to Rural Migration
Michigan State University, Bulletin Office, P. O. Box 231 East Lansing, MI 48824 ($.55 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan