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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 12-10-08. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


What brought new residents to the Nebraska Panhandle? For many, it was the image of a small town environment, which they described as a family and faith oriented community, safe and free of traffic and congestion and often located closer to family.

This insight was one of many identified through twelve regional focus group interviews conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty as part of a research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Research Initiative.

While a number of individuals were pleased with the small town atmosphere, others found that their image of the community did not match reality. Several situations influencing satisfaction impacted the focus group participant’s perception of the new community. By sharing examples of these situations it is hoped that community leaders will identify ways for their community to not only meet, but exceed new resident satisfaction in the future.