*Residents’ second-biggest concern was crime, which was cited as the top problem facing the region by 18.3 percent of those surveyed. Other top concerns included public education (9.7 percent), human services (8.7 percent) and taxes (7.6 percent).
*Just 7 percent of those surveyed listed the economy as the biggest problem facing the region. That’s down from 24 percent in 2013, when the Great Recession was still fresh in many residents’ minds.
*Affordable housing is a concern for many residents. Nearly half (46 percent) said that if they had to move today, they could not afford to stay in their communities. More than half (57 percent) said older homes in their communities are being replaced by new, more expensive homes. And 68 percent live in areas experiencing “property flipping,” in which homes are remodeled to be sold or rented at higher prices.
*If faced with a $400 emergency expense, one in four respondents said they would have to borrow money, sell or pawn something or would be unable to pay right now.
Ginneh Baugh, an associate vice president at the United Way of Greater Atlanta, said the survey “helps us gain a closer understanding of experiences of the region’s residents on a number of issues that are vital to our future.”
The survey results are statistically valid for each of the 13 counties, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percent for the entire region and plus or minus 3.8 percent to 7 percent for individual jurisdictions.
You can read more results at www.atlantaregional.org/metroatlantaspeaks.