Community VitalityIndices: Western States Rural Comparisons
Housing and Society
The focus of this exploratory study was to develop and test rural community vitality indices that incorporate measures of housing. Specifically, its purposes were (I) to examine the relationships between housing, employment, and demographics with community vitality indices for non-metropolitan counties in Idaho and Utah, and (2) to develop and compare two rural community vitality indices. The two indices were (I) a three-variable index and (2) a five-variable index. For each index, regression analyses were perjionned on the Idaho and Utah non-metropolitan counties, using 1980 and 1990 U. S. Census Data. Significant predictors for one or both rural vitality indices included: Total labor force, the proportion of vacant housing units (a negative predictor), and the median value of owner-occupied housing (the most significant predictor).
Hawks, L.K., Williams, D., Delgadillo, L., & Cann, S. (2000). Community vitality indices: Western states rural comparisons. Housing and Society, 27(1), 33-43.