Community Scan    updated 12-30-2004
Questions based on, and adapted from, Workform G of: Planning for results; a public library transformation process.  ALA, 1998.

Click Here for a printable version of the worksheet only (no links).

Note:  A "Fact Sheet" from the "American Factfinder" website for your community will provide answers for many of these questions.  Go to:   http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html
Click on "Fact Sheet," type in the name of your town.  Remember, you may also wish to look at Fact Sheets for communities around you that you serve.

1. What is the population of your community?    (2000 census)   _____________ 

   What was the population of your community in 1990?  _________    

   http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/places.html#Population
  For "Under "Total Population 850-2000", choose "Population Only" in either pdf or Excel format
  (if you do not have Microsoft's Excel on your computer, choose pdf;  Acrobat Reader required)

What is the projected population for your community?  ________  2010     _______  2020

(Check with your city to see if they have projections. 
County Projections: http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/projections.html


You may also wish to contact your area Planning Council:
If you don't know your planning council/agency, some are listed at:
http://www.abag.ca.gov/abag/other_gov/rcg.html
Go to "Iowa"

2. Of the people living in your community, what percent are:    

  1990 Census 2000 Census
under 5 years old    
between 5 and 14 years    
between 15 and 19    
between 20 and 34    
between 35 and 54    
between 55 and 74    
between 75 and 84    
85 and older    

For 1990 figures:
http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/places.html#Age
  For "Median Age and Groups: 1990" choose either pdf or Excel "Format"

For 2000 figures:
http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Age
  For "Median age, and age groups: 2000" , "Place" choose
  either pdf or Excel format.

3. How many single-parent households are there?

1990  _________________  2000 ________________  Projected in 5 years _________________


http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/places.html#HouseholdsFamilies
   For "Households and families by type 1990 and 2000" choose either pdf or Excel format

County Projections:  http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/projections.html
Check with your city to see if there are local projections.

4. What languages are spoken in the homes of the people in your community?
 _____________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

How many people "Speak English less than very well"?      ___________________

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Language
For "Langauge spoken at home", "Place" choose pdf or Excel file

 

5.  What ethnic groups are represented in your community?

______________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

American FactFinder (U.S. Census)  Fact Sheets
http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html
    Click on "Fact Sheet" and type in name and state of your community.  A summary fact sheet will be displayed, with basic information on it.  For more detailed information click on "Show More."  For example, for ethnicity click on "Show More" next to "Social Characteristics"
 

6. How many non-institutionalized people in your community have a

    mobility limitation?     _________        A self-care limitation?   _____________

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Disability
For "Disability status of the civilian non-institutionalize population 2000", "Place" choose either pdf or Excel.

7.  What are your community's 3 largest employers?  What do they do?  How many people do they employ?  How is likely to be different in 5 years?

1st largest ______________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/ Do __________________________________________________________

In 5 years __________________________________________________________

2nd largest: ______________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do  __________________________________________________________

In 5 years ___________________________________________________________

3rd largest: _______________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do ____________________________________________________________

In 5 years ____________________________________________________________

What are the major industries in your community?  What do they do?  How many people do they employ?  How is this likely to be different in 5 years?
 

1st largest ______________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/ Do __________________________________________________________

In 5 years __________________________________________________________

2nd largest: ______________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do  __________________________________________________________

In 5 years ___________________________________________________________

3rd largest: _______________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do ____________________________________________________________

In 5 years ____________________________________________________________

 

8.  Are there any other significant employers in your area?  What do they do?  How are they likely to be different in 5 years?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

9.  What percentage of your community is unemployed?          _____________ %

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Employment
"Employment Status 2000"  Choose either pdf or Excel (xls) file under "Place"
"Unemployed--Percent of Civilian Labor Force"

10.What is the median family income in your community?     $  ________________

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Income
"Median household income, median family income, and per capita income, 1990 and 2000" "Place" choose pdf or Excel
Look for "Median family income"   (NOT median household income)

11. What percent of the families in your community are below the poverty line?    ______________ %

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Poverty
"Family Poverty Status 1990 and 2000" "Place"  Choose either pdf or Excel

12.  Are there many home-based businesses in your community?  What do they do?

_________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Source:  _______________________________________________________

13. Does your community's population change widely during different seasons?

Which seasons?  ______________________________________________  

  + - How many people___________________

Source: _________________________________________________________

14.  Where do people in your community get their information?  How many are there of each of the following?

 

  How many?
local newspapers  
local radio stations  
local television stations  
bookstores  
video stores  
music stores  
local community-access cable  
internet/electronic services  
other (community organizations, etc.)  

Source: _______________________________________________________________________

Which of the above provide information in languages other than English?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Source: _______________________________________________________________________

15. What other libraries are there in your community?
 

  Number
School  
Academic (college & university)  
Hospital/medical  
Legal  
Special  
Other  

16.  List the number of schools in your community.  Are they public or private?  

  Public Private
Pre-schools    
Elementary    
Middle/jr. high schools    
High schools    
Vocational/technical    
Community colleges    
Colleges/universities    

Directories of schools in Iowa:   http://www.iowa.gov/educate/content/view/692/675/
Scroll down to "Public School Buildings," "Nonpublic School Buildings," or School District

What is enrollment in your school district in K-12 now?   ________  

What is projected  in 5 years? ____________

Iowa Dept. of Education Projected 5 year and Enrollment Histories
http://www.iowa.gov/educate/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/Itemid,87/gid,511/
 

17.  Approximately how many home-schooling families are there in your community?    ______________

Contact your school district.

18. What percent of the people aged 25 and older have at least a high school diploma or a GED? (This includes all technical school and college grads as well.)         ___________ %

What percent of people 25 and older have a least some college?       ____________%
 

What percent of people aged 25 and older have at least 4 years of college?   ____________%

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/decennial.html#Education
"Educational Attainment: 2000"  "Place"  Choose either pdf or Excel

19.  List the number of medical care organizations in your community.  

Hospitals  
Clinics  
Long-term and rehabilitation  
Hospices  

Do these facilities draw local/regional people to your community?     _____ yes   _____ no
Do the people who work in these organizations live in your community?   _____  yes   ____ no

20.  How many social service providers are located in your community?  

Nursing homes (extended care)  
Day care centers  
Shelters/Halfway Houses/Drug treatment centers  
Youth and recreation centers  
Other (list)  

Do these facilities draw local/regional people to your community?      ____ yes    ____ no
Do the people who work in these organizations live in your community? ____ yes   ____ no

21.  List (for small communities) or estimate the number (large communities) and types of the organizations in your community (service groups, clubs, churches).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

22Are there any state or county offices in your community?    _____  yes   _____ no
       What services do these offices provide?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do the people who work in these offices live in your community?
 
 
 
 
 

23.  List the five most important issues facing your community in the next five years.  Which of them relate to what the library does or could do?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

24.  List any special characteristics or any exceptional technological resources in your community.  (Number of local INternet providers, fiber-optic cable to the home, high-tech industries, ISDN or ATM service availability, availability of the INternet via cable TV, etc.)

 

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