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Community Pulse

December 2018

Community Pulse 2018

This issue of the Community Pulse presents the findings from our 2018 survey.

Community Pulse 2018 Survey Results

Every year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond surveys experts who represent the Fifth District’s numerous and highly diverse communities. The purpose of the survey is to identify the most significant current and emerging issues in our region.

This issue of Community Pulse presents the findings from our 2018 survey. We received 300 responses to the survey. The respondents represent a broad cross- section of community perspectives across Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Amount of and/or access to affordable housing remains the top current issue among respondents with more than 13 percent of the votes cast. The second and third ranked issues were skill level of local labor force (soft and/or technical) and generational poverty. The top three issues in 2018 match the 2017 rankings.

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