APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Professional Characteristics: Jurisdiction Type and Size

TABLE 1c.

Jurisdiction Type Served by Public Sector Planner Respondents (Question #3)

JURISDICTION TYPE # RESPONSES % ALL RESPONDENTS
Municipality 229 46.0
County 131 19.1
Region or Metropolitan Area (more than one county) 45 6.6
State 33 4.8
Federal 19 2.8
Tribal 5 0.7
Multi-State 3 0.4
Other (please specify) a 33 4.8
Total Responses 498

a. Write-in responses for "Other" are provided at the end of this page.


Table 1c shows 498 responses identifying the type of jurisdiction where respondents worked as a public sector planner (458 of 687 (67%) of respondents identified themselves as having worked or currently working as a public sector planner). The higher number of responses than respondents implies some respondents have worked for more than one type of public jurisdiction. Of the respondents to Question #3, nearly half (46%) identify municipalities while just over 19% identify counties. Fewer than 7% of the public sector responses are for regional or metropolitan area governments. Less than 5% each are for state, federal, tribal, or multi-state jurisdictions.

Figure 1c below provides another way of viewing the responses, here as a percentage for each jurisdiction size of the overall total of 528 responses.

Figure 1c.

Public Agency Affiliations of Public Sector Planners

Public Agency Affiliations pie chart


TABLE 1d.

Jurisdiction Size Served by Public Sector Planner Respondents (Question #4)

JURISDICTION SIZE # RESPONSES % ALL RESPONSES
0 - 4,999 33 6.3
5,000 - 24,999 101 19.1
25,000 - 49,999 65 12.3
50,000 - 99,999 78 14.8
100,000 - 249,999 82 15.5
250,000 - 499,999 49 9.3
500,000 - 999,999 30 5.7
1,000,000 or greater 90 17.0
Total Responses a 528

a. Though there were a total of 528 responses to this questions, there were only 512 respondents. Although respondents were only supposed to indicate the size of the jurisdiction they currently or most recently served as a public sector planner, several respondents gave multiple responses.


Table 1d shows 528 responses identifying the size of jurisdiction where respondents worked as a public sector planner (458 of 687 (67%) respondents identified themselves as having worked or currently working as a public sector planner). The higher number of responses than respondents implies some respondents have worked for more than one size of public jurisdiction. Of the responses to Question #4, the most (19%) were for jurisdictions of at least 5,000 people but fewer than 25,000 people. The next most frequent response was for jurisdictions of at least 1,000,000 (17%). The least common responses were for the smallest jurisdictions (under 5,000) and the second-largest jurisdictions (at least 500,000 but less than 1,000,000); each captured about 6% of total responses. Figure 1d illustrates the relative distribution of responses across jurisdiction size.


Figure 1d.

Jurisdiction Size Served by Public Sector Respondents

Jurisdiction size bar chart


"Other" Responses(33) (Table 1c)

  • non profit publicly-funded organization
  • School district
  • Countywide planning council representing 25 jurisdictions
  • Port authority
  • State acting as municipality redeveloping BRAC property
  • University, Perform Hazard Mitigation Plans for Coastal Communities
  • University planner
  • State constitutional regional water management district
  • NOAA Coastal Management fellow
  • County, City, Regional, and through a National Association and a Federal Taskforce
  • formerly represented public
  • Educational Service District
  • school district
  • City and County
  • (blank)
  • Law Enforcement
  • county school district
  • City & County
  • Academic
  • AICP consumer of planning products
  • Forecasted for Eastern US
  • Port
  • Port
  • Port
  • Port District
  • (blank)
  • Borough
  • retired public sector planner for municipality
  • Township
  • regional and municipal
  • Private sector involvement Municipality, County, Region and State
  • Martin County, Florida
  • Port