Impacts of Gambling on Resident Satisfaction with Community Life

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Paper reports on the testing of select hypotheses predicting the response of residents of gambling communities in assessing satisfaction with community life (satisfaction living in a gambling community, receiving economic benefits in gambling community, resident attitude toward gambling as positive effect on community). As this is not the final report, initial analyses show higher satisfaction in non-gambling control community compared to that of the three Colorado gambling towns. However, on average, the non-gambling town residents were higher in education and income level than those in the four gambling towns. These demographic differences could explain the difference in satisfaction levels, and such possibility is said to be explored in final report.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group