Level of interest in local news topics in the U.S. 2018

This graph shows the most important local news news topics among consumers in the United States as of November 2018. The data reveals that 44 percent of respondents said that local crime news was important for their daily lives, however 70 percent cited weather as being the most crucial local news topic. The local news topics considered to be of comparatively little importance to daily life to respondents included news on restaurants, night clubs and bars and information about local arts and culture.

Most important local news topics among consumers in the United States as of November 2018

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Release date

March 2019


United States

Survey time period

October 15 to November 8, 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among respondents who answered each topic is important for their daily life

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Total sample size. Data refers to respondents who classified each news topic as being important for their daily lives.
The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Thinking about local news topics, how important is it for you to know about each of the following?"

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