Fairfax County EDA survey indicates one quarter of workforce has looked elsewhere for jobs since 2005
Fairfax County, Virginia USA, Wednesday, August 4, 2010 -
If they could find the same job in a community that they thought offered a higher quality of life, almost half (43 percent) of working Americans would move, according to a new Ipsos Public Affairs poll conducted on behalf of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA, www.FairfaxCountyEDA.org).
Many workers have already looked. About one in four (23 percent) of those surveyed say that within the past five years they sought employment in areas that they perceive to have a better quality of life.
Economic factors are the predominant reasons for wanting to pull up roots. More than one-third (36 percent combined) said they would move to another community that was either more affordable or had a more robust economy. Another 16 percent cited better schools as an impetus for moving, 13 percent were attracted to a greater array of entertainment and recreational amenities, and 11 percent wanted better safety and security.
Almost two in five (38 percent) of those surveyed said they live where they do primarily because of their job. When asked why they have been content to stay where they are, more than one-third (35 percent) cited family considerations.
“The results of this survey underscore the myriad factors that go into decisions about where to work and where to live,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “While jobs are a key determining factor, so are the many tangible and intangible elements that contribute to a community’s quality of life. In Fairfax County, we are ever mindful of the need to strike the balance between creating an attractive employment base and providing the necessary ingredients for a livable community.”
The survey unearthed a wide range of findings based on various demographic factors, including:
Aout the survey
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted June 3-14, 2010. For the survey, a nationally representative sample of 1,083 randomly-selected employed adults residing in the U.S. interviewed by telephone via Ipsos’ U.S. Telephone Express omnibus. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within ±3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of employed adults in the U.S. been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/gender composition reflects that of the U.S. population according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Time magazine called Fairfax County, “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.
The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in seven important global business centers: Bangalore, Boston, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow @FairfaxEBird for FCEDA and Fairfax County business news.
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