Visitor Survey Results

Q. What activities bring you to San Pierre?
A. The library, the post office, and the veterinarian's office. The vet's office in San Pierre is really great.

- visitor survey response

Q. Do you visit historic sites in San Pierre?
A. What historic sites?

- visitor survey response

We received 21 responses to our Visitor Survey. We were curious about what activities brought visitors to San Pierre, and what their impressions were of the town. When asked what visitors would most like to see in San Pierre, the most common response was to list their shopping needs, particularly in the form of big-box and national chain retail - Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Home Depot, Menards, Walgreens, CVS - things they do not want in their hometown, but wouldn't mind having closer to their homes if they were located in San Pierre. When this was discussed at our second town meeting, residents of San Pierre also stated they didn't want these elements of suburban sprawl coming to their hometown either.

Number of Respondents = 21
Average Age of Respondents = 56.9 years

Gender
Female = 68.4%
Male = 31.6%

Current Residence
North Judson = 28.6%
Starke County = 14.3%
Railroad Township = 9.5%
near Toto = 9.5%
Knox = 9.5%
other = 28.6%

How Often Do You Visit San Pierre?
Average = 2.8 times per week

Do You Work in San Pierre?
Yes = 41.2%
No = 58.8%

Occupation
Retired = 57.9%
Vet Assistant = 10.5%
other = 31.6%

Where Do You Work?
NJSP Vet Clinic = 37.5%
OLHC = 37.5%
other = 25.0%

Average Commute to San Pierre = 15.9 minutes (31.8 minutes round trip)

Do You Attend Church in San Pierre?
Yes = 27.8%
No = 72.2%

Do You Attend Local School Events?
Yes = 22.2%
No = 77.8%

Do You Use the San Pierre Library?
Yes = 33.3%
No = 66.7%

Do You Use the Post Office in San Pierre?
Yes = 72.2%
No = 27.8%

Do You Visit the Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Refuge?
Yes = 61.1%
No = 38.9%

Do You Hunt or Fish in the Area?
Yes = 16.7%
No = 83.3%

Do You Visit Historic Sites in the Area?
Yes = 0.0%
No = 100.0%

Do You Use the Park in San Pierre?
Yes = 38.9%
No = 61.1%

Which Activities Do You Enjoy at the Park?
Picnics = 50.0%
Basketball = 16.7%
Playground = 16.7%
Walking = 16.7%

Do You Dine Out in San Pierre?
Yes = 27.8%
No = 72.2%

Do You Shop in San Pierre?
Yes = 0.0%
No = 100.0%

What Other Activities Bring You to San Pierre?
Vetrenarian = 55.6%
OLHC = 33.3%
Post Office = 22.2%
Library = 11.1%
Work = 11.1%
other = 33.3%

What Are the Most Important Issues Facing San Pierre Today?
Vacant Buildings = 23.8%
Need For Growth = 23.8% (stores, jobs, plans for the future)
No Need for Growth = 14.2% ("leave San Pierre alone")
No Ethanol Plant/Pollution = 9.5%
other = 14.2%

What Would You Most Like to See in San Pierre?
Gas Station = 47.6%
Grocery Store = 42.9%
New Playground = 19.0%
Restaurant = 19.0%
Kmart/Walmart = 14.3%
CVS/Walgreens = 9.5%
Menards/Home Depot = 9.5%
Bank = 9.5%
School Services = 9.5%
Hotel/Bed & Breakfast = 9.5%
other = 28.6%

What Would You Least Like to See in San Pierre?
Ethanol Plant = 9.5%
More Bars = 9.5%
Rundown Properties = 9.5%
other = 23.8%

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