In April of 2015, the City hired the National Research Center to conduct a COMMUNITY LIVABILITY SURVEY. The National Citizen Survey (the NCS) is a specialized, standardized survey administered to more than 500 cities and towns across the United States.
What is Community Livability? It is the sum of all the factors that add up to a community's quality of life. The survey focuses on 8 quality of life areas to measure how the citizens feel about their community. These areas include:
- Natural Environment
- Built Environment
- Recreation and Wellness
- Education and Enrichment
- Community Engagement
One of the main goals of the NCS is to make sure the results are representative of the entire community. Great efforts are made to ensure this happens by using demographic information when selecting the initial distribution of the survey forms. 2,000 surveys were mailed to random households and 494 were completed and returned. This is considered a very good return rate, providing a statistically valid survey with a margin of error of less than 4%. To learn more about the statistical validity of the survey check Appendix C of this document.
By using a firm that surveys so many governmental units, we are provided with interesting and useful benchmark information - a comparison of how our City rated and ranked to all the others. Complete benchmarking information is available in Appendix B of this document.
Enough talking, here are the final reports!
- September 29, 2015 Staff Report
- Community Livability Report 2015
- Dashboard Summary of Findings 2015
- Comparisons by Demographic Subgroups 2015
- Appendix A - Complete Survey Reponses
- Appendix B - Benchmark Comparisons
- Appendix C - Survey Methods
- Appendix D - Survey Materials