Over two million people live in the mostly rural counties of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Despite the many differences found throughout hundreds of rural communities, they all share similar climates, economies, cultures, and histories. Additionally, they are all dealing with the challenges of social and economic changes and ecological transformation.
The Northwoods Community Survey focuses on how members of rural communities in the north woods evaluate the assets, amenities, and services found in and around their community. The survey also aims to understand quality of life and personal well-being of members of these communities. The ultimate goal of the survey is to increase access to valuable information about the quality of life in rural northern communities of the north woods.