Residents rate Gladstone as a place to live

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE is full of great potential and friendly people, but is dull and boring for the younger crowd. This was the result of a survey conducted among 100 Gladstone residents recently.

The locals were asked to give the region a rating out of 10 and explain the reasons why.

Many of the people surveyed jumped at the chance to give their region a huge pat on the back, with the Gladstone region scoring an average of 7.5 out of 10.

For most the positives of the area were the weather, people and job opportunities.

For many of the optimistic residents who were proud to call the Gladstone region home, the versatility and proximity also scored well.

While there aren't a great deal of features directly in the centre of Gladstone itself, the many attractions only a short drive away wereseen as huge positives.

The beach, islands, Agnes Water region and a short drive to bigger metropolitan areas were just some of the reasons why we love our city.

One of the most obvious trends to come out of the survey was the opinions of the younger demographic.

Those in the age group under 25 rated Gladstone just above average with a score of 6.

The reason was consistent for all: it's boring, there's nothing to do and we need more entertainment.

Scores of two and three were common among those in the 17 to 18 years age group.

Shopping also got the big thumbs down, particularly from women who felt the area needed some more areas for them to release their retail frustration



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