Resident Survey Results

Q. What would you most like to see in San Pierre's future?
A. Dancing. We drive all the way to Chicago to go dancing.

- resident survey response

Q. What would you most like to see in San Pierre's future?
A. We need more shops. I can remember when there were three grocery stores in San Pierre.

- resident survey response

We conducted four surveys as part of the San Pierre Comprehensive Masterplanning Process: a Resident Survey, a Visitor Survey, a Survey of the Alumni of San Pierre High School, and a Youth Survey.

We received 90 responses to our Resident Survey and 9 responses to our Youth Survey. The population of San Pierre is 156. This means 63.5% of the residents provided input into the planning process. The typical average nationwide for a community survey is roughly 19% of the citizenry. That means we have been able to reach over three times the national average for community participation in San Pierre.

Some of the notable results of the San Pierre Resident Survey are:

Number of Respondents = 90
Percentage of the Population = 57.7%

Average Age of Respondents = 52.6 years

Gender
Female = 61.2%
Male = 38.8%

Average Number of Years Lived in San Pierre = 21.7

Homeownership
Own = 92.1%
Rent = 7.9%

Number of People per Household = 2.6
Number of Vehicles per Household = 2.2

Occupation
Retired = 40.5%
Nurse = 8.1%
Construction = 5.4%
Factory Work = 5.4%
Farmer = 5.4%
Teacher = 4.5%
House Cleaning = 2.7%
Maintenance = 2.7%
Psych/Counselor = 2.7%
Waitress = 2.7%
Other = 19.0%

Location of Workplace
San Pierre = 21.4%
North Judson = 11.9%
Knox = 7.1%
Valparaiso = 7.1%
all over = 7.1%
DeMotte = 4.8%
Gary = 4.8%
Wheatfield = 4.8%
Other = 31.0%

Location of Workplace
In Starke County = 40.4%
Out of Starke Co = 59.6%

Average Commute to Work = 33.7 minutes (67.4 minutes round trip)

Carpool
Occasionally = 5.0%
Never = 95.0%

Where Do You Buy Groceries?
Valparaiso = 53.2%
North Judson = 35.1%
Knox = 5.3%
Michigan City = 3.2%
other = 3.2%

Where Do You Buy Groceries?
In Starke County = 40.4%
Out of Starke Co = 59.6%

Where Do You Buy Gas?
North Judson = 49.4%
all over = 13.5%
Valparaiso = 10.1%
Knox = 5.6%
LaCrosse = 5.6%
Wheatfield = 4.5%
Medaryville = 2.2%
Westville = 2.2%
other = 6.9%

Where Do You Buy Gas?
In Starke County = 55.0%
Out of Starke Co = 45.0%

Where Do You Bank?
North Judson = 53.0%
Valparaiso = 10.8%
Knox = 8.4%
LaCrosse = 7.2%
Wheatfield = 6.0%
Hobart = 2.4%
Kouts = 2.4%
Medaryville = 2.4%
other = 7.4%

Where Do You Bank?
In Starke County = 61.4%
Out of Starke Co = 38.6%

Where Do You Buy Hardware?
Valparaiso = 61.2%
North Judson = 28.2%
Knox = 5.9%
Michigan City = 3.5%
other = 1.2%

Where Do You Buy Hardware?
In Starke County = 34.1%
Out of Starke Co = 65.9%

Where Do You Buy Clothes?
Valparaiso = 73.2%
Merrillville = 7.3%
Michigan City = 6.1%
On-line = 4.9%
North Judson = 2.4%
other = 3.2%

Where Do You Buy Clothes?
In Starke County = 3.7%
Out of Starke Co = 96.3%

Where Is Your Church Located?
San Pierre = 58.3%
North Judson = 15.0%
Wheatfield = 6.7%
Valparaiso = 5.0%
Medaryville = 5.0%
Knox = 3.3%
other = 6.7%

Where Is Your Church Located?
In Starke County = 78.3%
Out of Starke Co = 21.7%

Where Is Your Doctor Located?
North Judson = 43.0%
Valparaiso = 12.7%
Knox = 10.1%
DeMotte = 5.1%
Crown Point = 2.5%
LaPorte = 2.5%
Plymouth = 2.5%
Rensselaer = 2.5%
San Pierre = 2.5%
other = 16.6%

Where Is Your Doctor Located?
In Starke County = 55.6%
Out of Starke Co = 44.4%

Where Is Your Dentist Located?
Valparaiso = 26.2%
North Judson = 26.2%
Knox = 13.8%
Francesville = 9.2%
Winamac = 7.7%
Kouts = 3.1%
Portage = 3.1%
other = 1.2%

Where Is Your Dentist Located?
In Starke County = 34.1%
Out of Starke Co = 65.9%

Do You Shop On-line?
Yes = 43.7%
No = 56.3%

Do You Attend School Events?
Yes = 87.3%
No = 12.7%

Which School Events Do You Attend?
Sports = 73.6%
Plays = 7.5%
Concerts = 3.8%
other = 15.1%

Do You Visit the Park in San Pierre?
Yes = 88.2%
No = 11.8%

What Activities Do You Enjoy at the Park?
Playground = 29.6%
Picnics/Reunions = 24.1%
Walking = 16.7%
Basketball = 14.8%
other = 15.1%

How Often Do You Visit Chicago?
Once a Month = 9.1%
Four Times a Year = 25.5%
Once a Year = 85.5%
Never = 14.5%

What Activities Bring You To Chicago?
Cultural Events = 24.2%
Shopping = 18.2%
Airport = 13.6%
Family/Friends = 13.6%
Medical = 4.5%
Sports = 4.5%
Christmas Lights = 3.0%
other = 18.4%

How Often Do You Visit Indianapolis?
Once a Month = 8.2%
Four Times a Year = 20.4%
Once a Year = 87.8%
Never = 12.2%

What Activities Bring You To Indianapolis?
Family/Friends = 34.6%
Airport = 13.4%
Work Related = 13.4%
Shopping = 11.5%
Fairs/Expos = 9.6%
Sports = 7.7%
Zoo = 3.8%
other = 6.0%

What Are the Most Important Issues Facing San Pierre Today?
Negative Town Image = 32.9% (vacant & unused buildings, clean up yards/homes/junk cars, stray dogs, condition of roads & sidewalks, town is dying)
Need More Amenities = 18.9% (shops, activities for elderly & youth, attract tourists & families)
Economy = 17.6% (taxes, government support from Knox, growth, jobs, more businesses)
Education/Youth Activities/Family Activities = 16.5%
Infrastructure = 14.1% (roads, sidewalks, sewer, streetlights, traffic planning, keep and improve existing amenities - park, library, post office...)
Safety = 11.8% (traffic issues, police presence)
Low Community Involvement = 5.9%
Need to Protect the Environment = 3.5%

What Would You Most Like to See in San Pierre?
Gas Station = 68.2%
Grocery Store = 35.4%
Convenience Store = 24.8%
Bank = 9.3%
Street Lights = 8.3%
Restaurant = 7.0%
Businesses/Stores = 5.9%
Park Improvements = 5.9%
Hospital/Health Care = 4.7%
Community Center = 4.7%
School = 4.7%
Sidewalks = 4.7%
More Police = 3.6%
Nicer Buildings = 2.3%
Library Improvements = 2.3%
Motel/Bed & Breakfast = 2.3%
Swimming Pool = 2.3%
other = 15.5%

What Would You Least Like to See in San Pierre?
Ethanol Plant/Heavy Industry/Pollution = 23.5%
City Influence = 22.4% (sprawl, big-box stores, commercial development, subdivisions, sewer systems, more government, gangs)
More Bars = 14.1%
Incorporation = 11.8%
The Town Run-Down = 8.2%
Crime/Gangs = 5.9%
Straighten US Highway 421 = 4.7%
Skate Park = 3.5%
other = 9.4%

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