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Perceptions of the county

Respondents were asked to select the words that they associate with the towns and with the residents within Moore County. The most frequently cited words about towns were retirement area (55.4%), charming (54.2%),

Table 7.1. Relationship with Moore County.

Variable

Percentage

Resident status (n = 607)

Resident

76.8

Non-resident

23.2

Work in Moore County (n = 607)

Yes

64.4

No

35.6

Residential setting (n = 205)

Resident: rural

35.6

Resident: town

64.4

Residential tenure (n = 351)

<5 years

14.2

5-10 years

27.1

11-20 years

23.9

21-30 years

16.0

31 years +

18.8

Table 7.2. Self-reported entrepreneurial spirit.

Variable

Percentage

Are you entrepreneurial? (n = 577)

Yes

35.7

Sometimes/somewhat

31.4

No

32.9

friendly (48.1%), clean (47.6%), historic (45.3%), safe (41.5%) and quiet (40.2%). Residents were most frequently described as retired (55.7%), friendly (46.6%), military-friendly (45.5%), educated (43.8%) and conservative (42.2%).

Additionally, respondents were asked to comment on whether the following amenities are readily available/easily accessible in the area. The amenities receiving the highest rating were farmers’ markets (54.7%), hotels (52.9%), coffee shops (52.4%), great restaurants (48.6%), gyms/ fitness centres (46.6%), local food (41.7%), mainstream movie theatres (41.4%), parks/open space (45.8%), public libraries (45.1%) and scenic beauty (45.6%).

 
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