THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF RELOCATION DUE TO HIGHWAY TAKINGS

THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO OBTAIN FIRSTHAND INFORMATION ON THE SOCIAL DISRUPTION CAUSED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELECTED HIGHWAY PROJECTS IN VIRGINIA. THROUGH INTERVIEWS AND QUESTIONNAIRES, INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM 98 INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD BEEN RELOCATED BY THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1968. IT WAS FELT THAT ONLY THROUGH FIRSTHAND INFORMATION COULD THE ATTITUDES, FEELINGS, AND DESIRES OF THOSE WHO HAD UNDERGONE THE RELOCATION PROCEDURE BE ASCERTAINED. OF THE 156 PERSONS IN THE TOTAL STUDY SAMPLE, 98 WERE CONTACTED SOMETIME WITHIN 15 MONTHS AFTER THEIR RELOCATION. TWENTY-NINE OF THESE AGREED TO PERSONAL INTERVIEWS CONCERNING THEIR RELOCATION, AND THE REMAINING 69 COMPLETED AND RETURNED QUESTIONNAIRES ON THE SUBJECT. IT WAS FOUND THAT ONLY 6% OF THOSE RETURNING QUESTIONNAIRES WERE WHITE-COLLAR OR PROFESSIONAL WORKERS, OVER HALF WERE BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS, 19% WERE RETIRED, 14.5% WERE HOUSEWIVES, 4% WERE STUDENTS, AND 4% WERE UNEMPLOYED. THE MEAN AGE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WAS 49, WITH 37% BEING OVER 60 YEARS OF AGE. THE MEAN TOTAL FAMILY INCOME WAS $4,900 PER YEAR, WITH OVER 53% REPORTING INCOMES OF LESS THAN $5,000 PER YEAR (27% REPORTED INCOMES BELOW $3,000). THE MEAN EDUCATIONAL LEVEL WAS SEVENTH TO EIGHTH GRADE. OF THOSE RESPONDING, 56% HAD A NINTH GRADE EDUCATION OR LESS AND ONLY 15% HAD ANY COLLEGE TRAINING. IF THE ABOVE DATA ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF INDIVIDUALS RELOCATED IN VIRGINIA, THE MAJORITY ARE MIDDLEAGED OR ELDERLY, HAVE RELATIVELY LOW INCOMES, ARE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS, AND HAVE ATTAINED ONLY A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL OF EDUCATION. /AUTHOR/

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • VHRC-72-R10
  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Highway Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Perfater, M A
  • Publication Date: 1972-10

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 35 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00202332
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 17 1973 12:00AM