Socioeconomics

Strengths

  • Small town feel.
  • Proximity to amenities like Granddaddy lakes.
  • Larger lot sizes and lower property costs.
  • Availability of commercial land.
  • Regional recreation center.

Weaknesses

  • A lack of business in the area leads to residents having a hard time finding employment without long commutes.
  • The proportion of non-resident property owners.
  • Most residents commute out of town to fulfill needs like employment and shopping, which leads to a loss in potential sales tax revenue.

Opportunities

  • Use the affordable land as an incentive for developers.
  • Create more recreation opportunities that support the quality of life for residents (i.e. trails).
  • Prioritize code enforcement.
  • Create updated utility master plans.

Threats

  • Some infrastructure and buildings in the town have begun to deteriorate, which could present a threat and can be a visual nuisance. A town that looks poorly cared for can raise concerns for public safety.

Background + Indicators

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Estimated 2016 Population
HISTORICAL POPULATION
MEDIAN AGE
HOUSING STOCK
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT (2016)
MEDIAN INCOME
POVERTY RATE
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
AVERAGE COMMUTE TIME