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Why Do You Live Here Again?

Why do you live where you live?

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Answers generated from last week’s survey question asking: Why do you live where you live? The word cloud weights values in terms of number of times a phrase is used.

This was a small sampling (35) of primarily people living in northwest lower Michigan. Are these characteristics of the place that you value as well? The focus on community, water, family and the natural environment certainly matches my perception of why many of us live here.

It also closely matches the results of a national survey of over 43,000 people asked the same question. In the Knight Soul of the Community project, launched by Gallup and James L. Knight Foundation, it was found that three reasons rose to the top about why people live where they do:

social offerings, such as entertainment venues and places to meet, openness (how welcoming a place is) and the area’s aesthetics (its physical beauty and green spaces).

To simplify, similarly to the Knight Soul survey, I interpreted the answers from the MyWHaT survey and classified them under some broader descriptors to make the following version of the above Word Cloud:

It’s an interesting exercise that if nothing else, reminds us of why we are here and what we are working together to preserve and accentuate.

NOTE: I promise, this will be the last Word Cloud for a while. Once you discover a new tool, it’s hard not to keep using it! Go to www.wordle.net to make your own cloud.

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  1. February 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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