Survey Shows What's On SLC Residents' Minds

Survey Shows What's On SLC Residents' Minds

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St. Lawrence County residents have mixed views on the local economy, think shopping is poor, and aren't happy with the availability of good housing.

That's according to the fourth annual survey of the St. Lawrence County community taken by Jefferson Community College's Center for Community Studies.

JCC staff released the results of the survey at the county's public safety complex in Canton Wednesday morning.

You can see a summary here.

Here are some highlights:

- The survey shows residents have a more negative than positive view of the availability of good jobs, but are less likely to say the availability is "poor."

"That's the lowest rating we've gotten in four years," said Larry Danforth, Center for Community Studies research coordinator:.

- Residents have a dim view of shopping opportunities, with 63 percent saying the shopping is poor. That's the highest rate in the survey's four years. The 12 percent rating of "excellent" or "good" is a sharp drop from 25 percent reported in 2015.

"Obviously the opportunities for shopping in St. Lawrence County are not as great as they are in Jefferson County," said Danforth.

- As far as family finances go, 60 percent say theirs have stayed the same while 30 percent says their finances are better.

- Residents identified heroin and opium abuse as the worst issue facing the community (60 percent), followed by prescription drug abuse (58 percent), poverty (48 percent), and alcohol abuse (46 percent).

"I'm glad that it's a concern in the sense that it's a concern of the community. That means the community is willing to work with everybody," said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells.

- The number of people who think the county's roads are poor -- 44 percent -- is up 5 percent from 2017 and 15 percent from 2016.

- More people are happy than not with the quality of the county's housing, but are less happy with the availability of housing than in previous years. Fifty-one percent rate the housing quality as "excellent" or "good." Forty-four percent rated housing availability as "excellent" or "good," a drop from 2015's 54 percent.

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