Survey: Alpine Incomes Averages $200K

Survey: Alpine Incomes Averages $200K

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ALPINE, Utah (AP) -- Respondents to a survey of Alpine residents reported household incomes averaging $200,000.

Fifty-eight percent of the households had only one wage earner.

The city, with assistance from the Mountainland Association of Governments, used Boy Scouts to distribute the survey to residents earlier this year.

The City Council and Planning Commission intend to incorporate the results into the city's General Plan, which is designed to guide the city for the next five to 10 years.

The survey found the residents liked Alpine's good neighborhoods, the family-centered community, the beauty of the mountains and the small-town atmosphere.

A majority wanted commercial growth and more cultural and recreational opportunities.

What the residents don't like is growth and the lack of services and schools.

The two greatest items of concern were preservation of open space and water.

While 55 percent of the respondents favor commercial growth, opinion was divided as to where the growth should occur.

About half suggested the downtown area, and half mentioned the Alpine Highway south of the roundabout.

When asked about types of commercial growth, 58 percent favored dining establishments and 36 percent want a grocery store.

Banking, boutiques, entertainment and gas stations also scored high.

Councilman Hata Puriri said he feels that businesses in Alpine have a hard time getting resident support.

"We are used to leaving town to eat and do our shopping. I think we like it and want it that way," he said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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