The Citizen - Page 24

P a g e | 24 Environment One of the major findings of the 2013 Sangamon County Citizen Survey was that 31 percent of residents reported not having access to a community garden and they needed access. In addition, individuals with lower incomes were more likely to report that they needed access to a community garden. At that time, there were 10 community gardens located in Sangamon County. In 2015, there are 21 community gardens located in Sangamon County with all of them situated within the Springfield metro area. With this increased access, the 2015 survey finds a slightly lower percentage of individuals who report they do not currently have access and they need access (26 percent). Yet, access to community gardens among low income residents has not improved (as seen in the figure below). Percent who report that their community needs access to a community garden 40% 37% 35% 30% 25% 25% 25% 20% 15% 15% 10% 5% 0% Individuals earning less than $30,000 annually $30,001-$60,000 $60,001-$100,000 More than $100,000