PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYQUALITY OF  COMMUNITY

DEFINITION
Quality of community scoring represents a summaryof how residents rate social and economic aspects of their community, including the following topics:

  • Access to childcare
  • Activities for youth
  • Employment
  • Access to affordable food
  • Cost of living
  • Availability and quality of services and programs for seniors

QUESTION WORDING: For each statement, tell me if that statement is completely descriptive, somewhat descriptive, not very descriptive, or not descriptive at all of your community.

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY LIFE

DEFINITION
Community life scoring represents a summary of how residents perceive the lived experiences of typical individuals in their community, in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Convenient locations for nutritious food
  • Access to affordable housing
  • Access to healthcare
  • Feeling safe at home

QUESTION WORDING: For each statement, please tell me how likely each is for a typical person living in your community: very likely; somewhat likely; somewhat unlikely; and very unlikely

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY

CHILDREN

DEFINITION
How do residents rate programs and services available for children?

TOPICS: Place to raise children; access to quality education; activities for youth

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYOLDER ADULTS

DEFINITION
How do residents rate the availability of services in their community for older adults?

TOPICS: Availability of special transportation services; availability of social and civic programs; quality of healthcare services;

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Perceptions of Community: Social Determinants of Health

Here we show perceptions of specific social determinants of health. For all core measures, we first display the scores from the random digit dial (RDD) survey conducted from April through June of 2022. As you click deeper, you can explore trends, as well as scores from interviews conducted by community-based organizations.

PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD

DEFINITION
How do residents rate access to affordable, nutritious food?

TOPICS: Access to nutritious affordable food; convenience of location of nutritious food

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYAFFORDABLE HOUSING

DEFINITION
How do residents rate access to affordable, quality housing?

TOPICS: Cost of housing; availability of affordable housing

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYCOST OF LIVING

DEFINITION
How do residents rate the cost of living in their community?

TOPICS: Affordable, high-quality childcare; cost of quality housing; difficulty paying for utilities

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYJOB OPPORTUNITIES

DEFINITION
How do residents rate job opportunities and job training programs?

TOPICS: Availability of jobs; employment with living wage; access to adult education

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PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITYHEALTHCARE ACCESS

DEFINITION
How do residents rate their ability to access healthcare?

TOPICS: Access to routine medical care; access to mental health or substance abuse treatment

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Actual Experiences

Here we show data on the actual experiences of respondents with regard to their economic situation, food security, access to technology, and racial equity. For all core measures, we first display the scores from the random digit dial (RDD) survey conducted from April through June of 2022. As you click deeper, you can explore trends, as well as scores from interviews conducted by community-based organizations.

ACTUAL EXPERIENCESRACIAL EQUITY

DEFINITION
How do residents rate racial equity at work, when seeking healthcare, and in personal interactions?

TOPICS: Treatment at work; experiences seeking healthcare; unfair treatment; fear for personal safety

 
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ACTUAL EXPERIENCESFOOD SECURITY

DEFINITION
How do residents rate their level of food security?

TOPICS: Worries about having enough food; financial ability to buy food

 
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ACTUAL EXPERIENCESECONOMIC SITUATION

DEFINITION
How do residents rate their current financial situation?

TOPICS: Personal economic and financial situation; money in savings

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Special Topics

Here you will see findings from this year’s special topics, reported as percentages rather than POP scores. These questions were only asked for the RDD survey.

CONFIDENCE IN MANAGING HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

CONFIDENCE IN USING TECHNOLOGY

DEFINITION
Thinking about your health, how confident are you that you can manage any health problems you have? (Percent responding Somewhat or Very Confident)

DEFINITION
Overall, how confident do you feel using computers, smartphones,
or other electronic devices to do the things you need to do online?

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Characteristics of the RDD Sample

Seventy percent of respondents lived in non-core areas; 30% resided in core cities. Approximately one in four (23%) respondents reported living alone; 33% lived in households with at least one child under the age of 18. Fifty percent of survey participants identified as female, 46% identified as male, and the remainder did not identify a gender. Approximately half (51%) were aged 18 to 49. Thirty-two percent reported having a high school education or less. Of those who reported their income, 47% had a household income of less than $50,000. Seventy-one percent identified as non-Hispanic white, 84% identified as heterosexual/straight, and 31% indicated they were living in a household in which at least one person had a disability.

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