The information in our study covers the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida, Metropolitan Division.
In each community, the Knight Soul of the Community study identified factors correlated with emotional attachment to place. Some of the perceived community characteristics that are most strongly correlated with satisfaction were rated highly by residents, and are therefore community strengths while others were rated lower, making them opportunities for improvement. This information can provide communities a roadmap for increasing residents’ emotional attachment to where they live.
The Miami area experienced a significant drop in overall resident satisfaction with the community in 2010.
In the Miami area, perceived openness (how welcoming a place is), social offerings (entertainment infrastructure, places to meet people, community events) and the education system are the most important factors correlated with emotional connections to the community. Ratings of these key factors remained steady in 2010.
Perceived social offerings, particularly the nightlife, and education systems, particularly local colleges and universities, continue to be seen as community strengths.
Openness is still an area needing improvement to further attach residents to the area.
Residents rated the Miami area as least welcoming to young talent and significantly less welcoming to seniors, but significantly more welcoming gays and lesbians in 2010. Residents earning $25,000 or less annually are most satisfied while residents earning $75,000 or more are least satisfied.
Although not strongly correlated with resident satisfaction, leadership ranked significantly lower in 2010.