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LIFE study results in northeast Wisconsin unveiled

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - How's the quality of life in northeast Wisconsin? 

Results from the 2011 LIFE study are out, highlighting areas that are positives and some areas that need work. 

The regional report surveyed 1,100 residents and 900 community leaders in Brown, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties.

It found the strengths in the areas are affordable living, growing tourism and quality education. But the areas aren't without faults. Economic development, youth health and affordable housing were just some issues the study recognized need improvement.

“The over riding themes that have come out of this study are that jobs, especially the living wage jobs, and growing that expanding that, that is gonna be important,” Curt Detjen, who helped with the survey for the Fox Valley region, told FOX 11.

While the most recent U.S. Census shows the region's economy is in better shape than the state and national averages, the LIFE Study finds it is one of the concerns affecting quality of life. Study leaders say knowing the weaknesses can improve the quality of life.

Brown County United Way President Gregg Hetue says it's a valuable tool.

"The benefit to us is, is that we'll be able to take the information and plug it into our normal business," Hetue says.

Those in charge of the study say they plan to give the results to community leaders who can try to improve on the weaknesses in the study.

To learn more about the LIFE study, click here.

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