The Importance of Amenities and Attitudes: A Washington Example

Gundars Rudzitis
Rosemary A. Streatfeild

DOI: 10.2190/YEVE-6L7N-9M8D-DP96


Most models of why people move or stay have assumed that economic reasons were the primary driving force. More recently noneconomic or amenity reasons have been recognized as other major factors in the decision to move or stay. We report on the results of a random survey of 398 people in San Juan County, Washington. Amenities were found to be important both for migrants and residents, although there were differences between the two groups. Migrants and residents also differed on issues such as raising taxes to improve local services. We also found differences by age category. Discriminant analysis was successful in classifying both on resident/migrant and under and over age sixty-five categories.

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