Released on Thursday, April 29, 2021, the Coastal Conversations Community Survey indicates that coastal residents are optimistic overall with when it comes to the quality of life and generally buy into the vision for and development in our region.
Overall, the survey indicated that Coastal Alabama residents are generally satisfied with their quality of life and most aspects of living in Baldwin and Mobile Counties – but there are pressure points for many groups.
- Across both counties, traffic/transportation and availability of affordable housing are sore spots, as well as the availability of high-quality jobs.
- In Mobile County, public safety is more pressing. The economy, race relations, and public schools also receive lower marks – much of which can be attributed to racial divides within Mobile County.
- In Baldwin County, residents are more pleased with their quality of life, but they also show more concern about water quality in the Bay.
Throughout the poll, there are concerns about younger residents’ opportunities and retention. These younger residents have more negative opinions on the job market and cultural opportunities, and many admit they’ve considered leaving the region.
The Coastal Survey is a signature project of Coastal Conversations and will be conducted annually each Spring to gauge residents attitudes and perceptions.
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