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Demographics of survey respondents versus overall population.

 
Category Demographics (state abbreviation; survey year; survey response rate) % of Survey respondents % of Adult population >25 in represented states
State of residence (n = 5,010) Alabama (AL; 2009; 48%) 6% 4%‡
Arkansas (AR; 2008; 60%) 5% 2%‡
Delaware (DE; 2006; 41% ) 2% 1%‡
Florida (FL; 2008; 45%) 10% 14%‡
Georgia (GA; 2010; 47% ) 10% 7%‡
Louisiana (LA; 2008; 42%) 5% 3%‡
Maryland (MD; 2006; 43%) 5% 4%‡
Mississippi (MS; 2009; 64%) 6% 2%‡
New Jersey (NJ; 2006; 37% ) 6% 6%‡
New York (NY; 2006; 38% ) 8% 15%‡
Oklahoma (OK; 2008; 52%) 5% 3%‡
Pennsylvania (PA; 2006; 45%) 8% 10%‡
Tennessee (TN; 2008; 51%) 7% 5%‡
Texas (TX; 2008; 33%) 8% 18%‡
Virginia (VA; 2006; 38%) 5% 6%‡
West Virginia (WV; 2006; 44%) 3% 1%‡
Size of residence community (n = 4,536)† Greater than 100,000 residents 30% na§
Between 25,000 and 100,000 residents 29% na
Between 7,000 and 25,000 residents 19% na
Between 3,500 and 7,000 residents 10% na
Less than 3,500 residents 12% na
Duration of residence in the state (n = 4,855)† Respondents living in state less than 5 years 5% na
Respondents living in state 5 to 10 years 7% na
Respondents living in state 10+ years, but not all life 42% na
Respondents living in state all their lives 46% na
Age (n = 4,768)† 25–34 years old 6% 20%‡
35–49 years old 22% 31%‡
50–64 years old 33% 29%‡
65 years old or older 39% 20%‡
Gender (n = 4,851)† Female 36% 52%‡
Male 64% 48%‡
Educational level (n = 4,825)† High school education or less 24% 44%¶
Some college or college degree 54% 45%¶
Advanced degree 22% 11%¶
Missing or inconsistent responses were dropped from category totals.
For 16 states, based on U.S. Census Bureau, 2010a.
§Not available.
For the country as a whole in 2010, based on U.S. Census Bureau, 2010b.



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Water resource information sources for respondents and community size.†

 
Information source Overall (n = 3698) City or town less than 3,500 (n = 397) City or town 3,500 to 7,000 (n = 343) City or town 7,000 to 25,000 (n = 660) City or town 25,000 to 100,000 (n = 979) City larger than 100,000 (n = 1021)
Extension 15% 23% 21% 15% 13% 10%
Universities 16% 18% 14% 18% 17% 15%
Environmental groups 29% 24% 25% 27% 29% 34%
Environmental agencies 31% 29% 29% 31% 31% 34%
Television 47% 42% 51% 48% 49% 46%
Newspapers 59% 56% 58% 59% 62% 59%
Residence groups are defined based on their response to the survey question: “The population of the city/town in which you live is?” Missing or inconsistent responses were dropped from category totals. We do not report results for five additional sources for water resource information that were considered in the survey.



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Preferences averaging ≥40% interest for more information on water resource issues and community size.

 
Community size
Water resource topic <3,500 (n = 228) 3,500–7,000 (n = 202) 7,000–25,000 (n = 368) 25,000–100,000 (n = 552) >100,000 (n = 591)
Protecting public drinking water 61% 66% 66% 64% 68%
Septic system management 50% 42%
Private well protection 49%
Nutrient and pesticide management 49% 49% 51% 48% 51%
Watershed management 47% 50% 50% 51% 54%
Fish and wildlife water needs 45% 50% 48% 43% 40%
Home and garden landscaping 41% 40% 45%
Watershed restoration 41%



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Preferred learning opportunities and respondent community size.

 
Information source <3,500 Residents (n = 228) 3,500–7,000 Residents (n = 202) 7,000–25,000 Residents (n = 368) 25,000–100,000 Residents (n = 552) >100,000 Residents (n = 591)
Read fact sheets, bulletins, or brochures 54% 56% 52% 50% 51%
Watch TV coverage 45% 46% 50% 48% 50%
Read newspaper article 45% 47% 41% 46% 45%
Visit a website*** 37% 40% 41% 45% 47%
Watch a video of information 17% 14% 16% 15% 16%
Ask for water practices assessment 15% 11% 12% 12% 11%
Look at demonstration/display* 11% 13% 15% 11% 12%
Participate in one-time volunteer activity 12% 10% 11% 13% 12%
Attend a fair or festival 12% 12% 11% 11% 11%
Attend a short course or workshop 11% 9% 11% 10% 10%
Take course for certification/credit* 8% 6% 7% 4% 6%
Get trained for regular volunteer position 7% 6% 7% 6% 6%
*Probability level of 0.05.
***Probability level of 0.001.