People are an important asset to a community as they shape the community in different ways. Understanding a region’s population can allow for the identification of strengths and opportunities.
Examining demographic information can help local governments provide services and develop policies to improve a region’s economic prosperity and sense of community. For example, if a region has low levels of educational attainment, local governments can create policies to encourage adult education. Likewise, if a region has a large number of foreign language speakers, local residents can host a multitude of cultural festivals and activities to foster a sense of community within the population.