The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV), Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), and the Towns of Chester and Arietta, are sponsors of the Adirondack Regional Assessment Study, a report that profiles all the 103 municipalities that comprise the Adirondack Park.
The report is the result of a two-year research effort by and for the communities of the Adirondack Park and is intended to provide a data-rich, factual baseline for discussion and planning of park issues at both the local and regional levels. The assessment employs a modular format detailing community life, government operations, land use, infrastructure, emergency services, education and park-wide demographics.
The data compiled for the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP) was primarily derived for two sources; primary and secondary.
The primary source of information is a project-specific survey of the local communities in the park. The survey posed questions to local government officials across a range of topics; general government - general operations and associated needs, emergency services - general methods of provision and associated needs, community life (defined as cultural, social, housing, economics utilities, characteristics), regulation of land use, recreation, highway/ department of public works - general operations and associated needs, and municipal water and sewer systems - general operations and associated needs (if applicable). As a survey developed specifically for this project and collecting current information directly associated with the local communities, the responses to the survey are viewed as a primary data source. The survey results have been compiled, tabulated and formatted into an interactive data base in an Access® format which is located on this page labeled "Survey Data Base". The database developed allows for a range of preset queries or queries as developed by an individual.
The secondary data relating to the demographic information in the community profiles, general government, infrastructure, land use, community life, and public education supplements the information gathered from the community survey. The sources of this data are relevant county, state and federal agencies such as the county real property tax service offices, the New York State Department of Education, the US Census Bureau, etc. A formal list of the sources are in the acknowledge section at the back of the assessment report on page 119 and on this page labeled "Secondary Sources for the Data". The referenced findings, community profiles, tables, charts, and mapping that comprise the assessment report are the product of a systematic compilation and review of these relevant data sources. This information combined with the responses to the community survey is intended to provide a comprehensive summary of the socio-economic status of the individual communities and the park as a region.