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1 Town Needs Survey Preliminary Results Presented to Board of Selectmen April 14, 2009

2 2 Town Needs Survey Committee John Ballantine Alan Cameron Jim Elgin Verna Gilbert Kathy Mull Camelia Rosca

3 3 Survey Objectives Determine current and future community needs and services, with focus on the needs of seniors Help to prioritize the needs and services Solicit input from all adult Carlisle residents

4 4 Response was high A total of 1755 townspeople (43.6%) returned surveys, out of the 4028 over 21. Maroon/dark – Distribution of Ages from Town Census Yellow/light – Distribution of Ages of Survey-takers The segment of the population between 21 and 29 – mainly children still registered as living with their parents rather than heads of households - did not participate extensively in the survey.

5 5 Percentage Participation 40% to 50% of all residents in their 30s, 40s and 50s completed surveys. 69% of those in their 60s completed surveys. 30% to 40% of those over 70 completed surveys. Number of responses: % 60% 40% 20% 0

6 6 Family Income Level (by Age Bracket) Percentage of people in age bracket with indicated family income Family Income ($160K is the median Family Income for Carlisle.) Age Bracket

7 7 Quality of Life Participants were asked “How would you rate the overall quality of your life?” –53.9% rated it as Excellent –42.4% Good –3.4% Fair –0.4% Poor Factors influencing quality of life: –Positively: (93.9%*) Rural Nature, Friends & Acquaintances, Services, Availability of Medical Care –Negatively: (63.1%**) Cost of living here * Percentage reporting positively or very positively ** Percentage reporting negatively or very negatively

8 8 Plans for Leaving Carlisle I do not plan to leave town (27.5% Undecided (31.5% When kids go to high school (1.5% When kids leave high school (5.5% When kids leave home (6.5% When I can no longer drive (6%) When I retire (11% When I can no longer live at home (10.5%

9 9 Health Participants were asked “How would you assess your health?” –60% rated their health as very good –35% rated it as good –4% rated it as fair –1% rated it as poor 85% of participants felt area hospitals met or exceeded their inpatient needs.

10 10 Exercise How important is exercise? How often do you exercise? Very Important (48%) Important (35%) Somewhat Important (15%) Not Important (2%) Most Days (40%) A couple of Times a week (35%) Weekly (12%) Rarely (11%) Never (1%)

11 11 Socialization How often do you socialize with others? Daily (19%) A couple of times a week (21%) Weekly (32%) Monthly (17%) Rarely (10%) Never (1%)

12 12 We Participate in Many Activities Percent rating participation in various activities important or very important: - Gleason library63.2% - cultural activities civic volunteering town social events school groups town recreation church groups Council on Aging political groups10.0

13 13 Interest in Some Activities Varies with Age Younger residents consider recreational activities more important than do older residents. Conversely, older residents consider COA activities more important than do younger residents. Everyone considers the library important. Younger residents consider recreational activities more important than do older residents. Conversely, older residents consider COA activities more important than do younger residents. Everyone considers the library important. Percent considering activity important or very important Age Group

14 14 Housing 82.5% were satisfied or very satisfied with their current housing situation. 40.7% felt the town should have more housing options. –31.9% were not sure. Participants were asked whether more housing options would impact their decision to stay in town longer: 53.4% stated availability of small private residences would* 45.7 % stated condos or apartments would* –(*Maybe or Definitely)

15 15 Transportation Participants were asked “Would you use Most desired purposes: public transportation if available?” (Percentage indicating “some” or “great need”) - to airport: 54.7% - to MBTA/train: 53.7% - to Concord: 47.4% - to medical: 32.7% - to education: 28.3% Not likely (32%) Possibly (38%) Likely (19%) Very likely (11%)

16 16 Town Participation Do you go to town meeting? Often or very often 26.8% Occasionally 31.6% Do you vote in town elections? Often or very often85.0% Do you participate in town boards, committees? Often or very often10.6% Occasionally 16.7

17 17 Town Spending “Do you feel the town spends money wisely?” Always (0.9%) Most of the time (45.5%) Sometimes (39.2%) Rarely (9.4%) Never (1.3%) Missing Answer (3.7%)

18 18 Trust Several national surveys have asked “Would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?” 34.7% of survey participants felt that people can be trusted In the most recent national survey 35% responded the same way –Compared with 57% in 1963 Broken down to various groups, survey participants “trusted a lot:” –Police83.8% –People in their neighborhood 64.3 –Town volunteers43.6 –Town boards / committees28.6 –National government 6.8 –State government 5.6

19 19 Comments 1022 (58%) survey participants provided written comments to “What can we do to make Carlisle a better place to live in?” Our preliminary categorization and tabulation: –Reduce taxes/control growth rate of taxes (25%) –Need gathering place/pub/restaurant (11%) –Protect open space and rural character (10%) –More sidewalks/bike lanes/pathways/trails (8%) –Keep it the way it is – I love it (7%) –Reduce/freeze taxes for seniors/those with no children (7%) –Public transportation to Concord/Bedford/MBTA (7%) –Increase commercial tax base (6%) –Reduce/control spending (6%)

20 20 Next Steps Meet with individual boards and committees to discuss survey data and solicit their input/needs Analyze in more detail variations in answers with age, income, etc. –The way the data is stored we can cross-correlate the data on any two questions. Examine comments in more detail –There were a lot of them –We’ve looked only briefly at them so far Are some questions of immediate concern to you?


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