Yesterday national polling organization Gallup released information on a study it conducted on the effects of “resident attachment” on local economies, summarizing a three-year-long collection effort.
Those locales with the highest amount of love by their residents also showed the highest GDP growth over the three year period. Residents who feel most attached to their communities were most likely to be conscientious about shopping locally as well as spending money to help improve their own towns.
Cities surveyed included Detroit (and suburbs), Miami, and Charlotte, NC, among others.
According to the study, Detroiters are very optimistic about education, social offerings, and openness, while issues such as economy, safety, and civic involvement ranked very low.
Overall, the trend points upward for Detroiters on overall feeling towards the region. The full report is available from Gallup.