A healthy community is a place where all people can
- Meet their needs: economic, social, physical, cultural, and spiritual.
- Work together for the common good.
- Participate in create their future.
A community’s health is made up of many separate but inter-related dimensions. Rural Pulse 2016 breaks down rural Minnesotans’ perceptions of a healthy community by nine dimensions.
One of the nine dimensions is Environmental Stewardship, where the community supports the environmental quality and management of natural resources that best provide for a sustainable future.
About four in five (79%) rural residents believe their community is a good steward of the environment, while 18 percent do not agree. Urban residents are slightly more likely to say environmental stewardship is agreeable.
All rural regions show somewhat diminished contentment with environmental stewardship since 2013, with those in the Southwest showing the sharpest decline (down 17%).