McDONOUGH – According to a recent survey from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Henry County residents are concerned over matters related to housing and transportation.

The ARC’s annual Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey revealed that, for the sixth consecutive year, transportation issues topped the list of concerns among residents. Metro-wide 28 percent of respondents to the survey listed transportation as their top concern.

In Henry County, transportation was the top concern along with crime. Twenty-one percent of respondents to the survey in Henry County listed both issues as their chief concern.

In addition, according to the ARC, 45 percent of Henry residents said that if they had to move today, they could not afford to stay in their communities. Forty percent of Henry respondents said they witnessed older homes in their areas being replaced by new, more expensive housing alternatives. Fifty-seven percent of respondents also said they witnessed “property flipping,” where homes are remodeled to be sold or rented at higher prices.

“This year’s Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey makes it clear that housing is a big concern in our region,” said Doug Hooker, ARC executive director in a release. “The Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy provides a strategic, regional approach to address this critical issue. As a region, we must take action if we are to maintain our economic competitiveness and remain a great place to live.”

A total of 26 percent of the county’s respondents said their current job does not allow them to fully utilize their education and skills, 35 percent of residents wouldn’t be able to cover a $400 financial emergency, or could do so only by selling something or borrowing money, but 80 percent said people in Henry are willing to help out their neighbors.

The 2019 survey, conducted by Kennesaw State University’s A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, asked questions of 5,450 people across 13 counties about key quality-of-life issues. Survey results are statistically valid for each of those 13 counties and the city of Atlanta, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percent for the 13-county region as a whole and plus or minus 3.8 percent to 7 percent for the individual jurisdictions.

Residents were polled in Henry, Clayton, Butts, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding and Rockdale counties.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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