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110 Examples of Local Issues

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Local issues are problems and opportunities that can be actioned at the level of a town, city, state or province. These mostly relate to quality of life and economic opportunity that directly and immediately impact people's lives in a place. The following are common examples of local issues.
Access to Education
Addiction
Affordable Housing
Agricultural Runoff
Air Quality
Airports & Aviation
Architecture & Urban Design
Building Standards
Business Conditions
Business Regulations
Capital Flight
Child Welfare
Childcare
Civic Life
Civil Rights
Civilian Oversight
Civility
Community Engagement
Community Life
Consumer Protection
Corporate Accountability
Corruption
Crime
Cronyism
Culture & Traditions
Deforestation
Depopulation
Disaster Resilience
Discrimination
Dispute Resolution
Diversity
Economic Competitiveness
Economic Development
Economic Resilience
Education
Emergency Services
Employment
Environmental Stewardship
Events & Festivals
Fair Competition
Food Security
Freedom of Assembly
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of Speech
Gambling
Government Accountability
Government Debt
Government Spending
Green Space
Health & Fitness
Healthcare
Heritage Preservation
Homelessness
Hunger & Nutrition
Immigration
Indoor Air Quality
Information Security
Labor Strikes
Land Degradation
Land Use
Legal Rights
Living Conditions
Long Term Care
Maintenance of Infrastructure
Mismanagement
Mixed-Use Neighbourhoods
Multiculturalism
Nature Conservation
Noise Pollution
Overpopulation
Pesticides & Herbicides
Places of Scenic Beauty
Play Streets
Police Accountability
Policing
Poverty
Privacy Rights
Property Rights
Public Health
Public Safety
Quality of Life
Racism
Recreation Facilities
Red Tape
Renewable Energy
Right to Know
Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Rights of the Child
Rights of the Elderly
Sanitation
Security
Sexism
Social Services
Sports Facilities & Teams
Standard of Living
Taxes
Think Global, Act Local
Tolerance & Inclusion
Tourism
Transportation Infrastructure
Urban Planning
Voluntarism
Wages
Walkability
Water Pollution
Water Services
Waterways, Waterfronts and Beaches
Working Conditions
Workplace Safety
Youth Culture & Activities
Think global, act local is the principle that you can help to make the world a better place by setting an example in the place you live and work.

Economic Issues

Local economic issues related to local conditions for employment, small business and the affordability and availability of the things people need such as housing.

Community Issues

The term community issues mostly relates to problems that impact the wellness and functioning of people in a community. Community issues can also relate to issues of community voice, cohesiveness, identity and civility.

Education Issues

Issues and concerns regarding education including the approach to education adopted by local schools, quality of education, unequal access, funding issues and problems that occur in schools such as bullying.

City Issues

Issues related to city government, local regulations and city services.

Political Issues

Issues that draw local political engagement such that they can become election issues.

Quality of Life

Opportunities to improve local life with things like green space, recreational facilities, waterfront areas and local events.

Local Environmental Issues

Issues related to local pollution, natural environments and environmental stewardship.
Right to know relates to your right to know if you are exposed to hazards. For example, the right to know what a factory down the street is putting into the air.

Summary

Local issues are problems, challenges, risks and opportunities that impact the people in a place. This is a focus of local politics and can be addressed by business, non-profits and volunteers who want to improve things in a city, town or region.
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