GEOG 597i
Critical Geospatial Thinking and Applications

Human Factors

The location of industries is not totally governed by the availability of labor, raw materials, like industries, and so on. Often manufacturers are attracted to, or driven away from, a potential site because of government policies or local cultural and social characteristics. High tax rates, strong environmental controls, and high crime rates are examples of the kinds of factors that might keep manufacturers or other industries from locating in a given community. In fact, some communities try to lure industries by touting their low tax rates and limited environmental controls.