About seven of 10 residents surveyed reported they experienced a good quality of life in Englewood and about three of four felt they lived in a good …
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About seven of 10 residents surveyed reported they experienced a
good quality of life in Englewood and about three of four felt they
lived in a good neighborhood.
Mike Flaherty, deputy city manager, reported these and other
figures during his July 13 report to the city council on the
results of the 2009 citizen survey. He said most of the results of
the 2009 survey were at or above the national norm and the majority
of responses were close to the results of the survey conducted two
The complete 102-page report has been posted on the city Web
site at www.englewoodgov.com. It can be
reviewed on line or downloaded.
This is the third time since 2000 that Englewood has arranged
for a citizen survey. The first was in 2002 and the second one was
conducted in 2007. The stated goal is to conduct the survey every
two years as a way to get a sampling of how residents feel about
the city, the services it provides and how the city is doing its
Flaherty told the council 1,200 randomly selected residents
participated in the survey and, of that number, 344 people
completed and returned the completed forms. The 32 percent response
rate fits in the national statistics of 25 to 40 percent
participation in the citizen survey.
Residents responding to the survey were asked to rate various
characteristics of the city of Englewood. Those rated highest
included availability and ease of use of light rail and bus travel
and the fact Engelwood was a pedestrian-friendly community.
The three areas rated lowest were employment opportunities,
availability of quality child care and availability of educational
Additionally, most of those who completed the survey rated the
direction the city was taking as good or excellent and the majority
of respondents gave favorable ratings to delivery of city
Earlier this year, Englewood contracted with the National
Research Center in Boulder to conduct the survey which the center
collaborated in with the International City/County Management
Association to develop.
The general survey is used by about 300 cities around the
country so it allows comparison between the responses by Englewood
residents to the responses of other communities.
The survey process took place in March and April. Those selected
to complete the survey were first notified by postcard and then
they received a letter signed by Mayor Jim Woodward inviting them
to complete the survey and send it back in a post-paid envelop.
Finally, each person who received a survey was sent a letter as a
reminder to complete and return it.
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