The results of the 2019 North Port Citizen Survey are in and the citizen feedback is…..
via the City of North Port
North Port, FL. – The results of the 2019 North Port Citizen Survey are in. The annual survey helps us get to know how those we serve feel about the City they live in. The survey gives us a better understanding of some of the projects, programs, and initiatives we’re doing well and some we may need to focus more on. We encourage you to take a look at the complete survey which has a ton of details at www.cityofnorthport.com/citizensurvey. However, below is a brief summary of findings.
Quality of Life
For those of all ages, North Port continues to be a desirable place to live. At least 8 in 10 community members gave high marks to the overall quality of life in the City of North Port, and their neighborhood as a safe place to live and raise children. Residents’ evaluations of North Port as a place to retire outpaced national averages, with 8 in 10 assigning positive scores. Around 9 in 10 respondents were likely to recommend living in North Port to someone who asked and planned to remain in the City for the next five years. 80% of those who took the survey had an excellent or good response to services provided by the City. That’s compared to 40% for the Federal Government.
About 9 in 10 respondents felt safe in their neighborhoods and in commercial areas. Favorable responses of Excellent or Good for all emergency services for the City. Police 89% up from 76% in 2016. Fire and EMS services hanging steady to previous years with an astounding 98% favorable response rate.
Economy is an asset in North Port, yet residents desire improvements to jobs in the City. Like comparison communities, roughly half of residents positively rated the overall economic health of North Port, cost of living, overall quality of business, service establishments, and economic development. Regarding growth, 4 in 10 residents felt that retail and job growth was occurring at the right speed.
Residents chose Natural Environment as a priority for North Port, with 9 in 10 stating this was essential or very important in the coming years. About 8 in 10 respondents assigned positive reviews to the overall natural environment, air quality, and cleanliness of the community. City services related to Natural Environment were exceptionally rated in North Port, with higher than average evaluations of garbage collection, recycling and yard waste pick-up.
Other Areas Improving
With some very positive steady returns, some other areas have seen significant increases. Overall ease of travel and parking, new developments, commercial areas, street repair, drainage, and code enforcement to name a few.
Other Areas lacking
Compared to other municipalities across the country, fewer residents gave high marks to North Port as a place to visit and as a place to work. Fewer respondents reporting working in North Port compared to the national averages. North Port seems to be below national trends when it comes to Health and Wellness. There are also concerns about drinking water. Roughly half of homes in the City have the ability and are connected to City utilities. While most educational aspects were in line with national trends, enrichment and arts opportunities were found to be lacking by respondents.
Those who took the survey
1,732 households received the survey, 456 completed the survey, providing an overall response rate of 26%. Responses were tracked by zip code; response rates by zip code ranged from 23-28%. Additionally, 364 residents completed the online opt-in survey, providing a grand total of 820 completed surveys.
The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) is a collaborative effort between National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The survey and its administration are standardized to assure high quality research methods and directly comparable results across The NCS communities. The cost of the annual survey was $19,160.