Town Needs Survey Preliminary Results Presented to Board of Selectmen April 14, 2009. Town Needs Survey Committee. John Ballantine Alan Cameron Jim Elgin Verna Gilbert Kathy Mull Camelia Rosca. Survey Objectives.
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Presented to Board of Selectmen
April 14, 2009
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.
Number of responses:
15 136 417 591 366 176 40 5
Percentage of people in age bracket with indicated family income
($160K is the median
Family Income for Carlisle.)
* Percentage reporting positively or very positively
** Percentage reporting negatively or very negatively
When kids leave high school (5.5%
When kids go to high school (1.5%
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%
I do not plan to leave town (27.5%
85% of participants felt area hospitals met or exceeded their inpatient needs.
How important is exercise? How often do you exercise?
A couple of
Times a week
Percent rating participation in various activities important or very important:
- Gleason library 63.2%
- cultural activities 33.5- civic volunteering 28.1 - town social events 26.1 - school groups 25.3 - town recreation 24.8 - church groups 20.1- Council on Aging 12.1
- political groups 10.0
activities more important
than do older residents.
Conversely, older residents
consider COA activities
more important than do
Everyone considers the
Percent considering activity important or very important
Participants were asked whether more housing options would impact their decision to stay in town longer:
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%
Do you go to town meeting?
Do you vote in town elections?
Do you participate in town boards, committees?
“Do you feel the town spends money wisely?”
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?”
Are some questions of immediate concern to you?